Stress busting tips for lawyers
Mitigating the strains of the job
Some larger law firms try to mitigate the negative consequences of the job. Their initiatives include mindfulness clinics, staff yoga sessions and awareness campaigns to combat presenteeism and, unfortunately, in some cases, bullying. Some have policies designed to reduce the long hours culture. These vary in success. Others have strengthened their support to senior fee-earners by increasing the numbers of properly qualified and trained paralegals.
These measures are harder to implement in smaller organisations – so how else can you help lower stress levels? Simply encouraging people to ask for help is a great start. Providing assertiveness training is very useful too particularly if it is tailored for lawyers. All learning is more relevant and effective when the cohort is roughly similar.
Understanding the link between stress and mental health
Recognising that stress sits upon a spectrum of wellbeing and mental health is useful too. It is only one possible outcome of lack of mental wellness alongside depression, anxiety disorders, and chronic fatigue syndrome. These aren’t automatically “disabilities” under the 2010 Equalities Act, but there are employees who have won cases against their employers for contributing to mental ill-health.
Tips for lawyers to improve their well-being include:
The above are relatively low in cost but high in benefits to individuals and legal teams. They are actions for which workers can take responsibility but achieve the very best results when led by management.