HR and people management

Supporting wellbeing in the workplace: guidance for best practice

Most solicitors are likely to say they work well under pressure. But when pressure develops into negative stress, it can start to affect performance. This guide contains advice and resources to safeguard and promote employees' wellbeing in the workplace.

It focuses on three themes:

  • support
  • education and training
  • culture

The guidance includes storyboards with practical steps that you can use to approach wellbeing conversations with employees.

It also features case studies from firms including Pinsent Masons, Farrer & Co, Macfarlanes, Freeths, Giles Wilson and Thrive Law.

It's relevant to firms of all sizes, with specific recommendations for different sizes of firm.

This guidance has been designed for solicitors, managers, learning and development, diversity and inclusion and HR professionals.

It applies to lawyers at any stage of their career, as well as business services support staff. The guidance is also transferable across other industry sectors.

Background

In early 2019, the Junior Lawyers Division did a survey of its members to gather data on the wellbeing of junior lawyers.

The survey found that more than 93% of respondents had experienced stress in their role in the previous month, with almost a quarter of those individuals being severely or extremely stressed. One in 15 junior lawyers (6.4%) reported experiencing suicidal thoughts in the month before they took the survey.

The guidance is intended to support employers in tackling this issue and promoting healthy workplaces.

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