Law sector vs positive wellbeing
Many sectors are striving ahead with solutions and ideas around workspace design, emotional leadership development and collaborative experiences to enhance their employees and bolster the work atmosphere.
Unfortunately the legal sector still seems to be lagging behind. Studies report that lawyers working in law firms have the lowest psychological and psychosomatic health and wellbeing than all other professionals. Further studies by The Positive Group on specific well-being at The Bar noted the some of the following areas as challenges:
• Work capacity in relation to working hours –continual time pressure and challenges on time management leading often to a lack of time for preparation and a constant ‘battle’ of deadlines.
• Work/life integration - a sense of constant juggling; always being on call and family life pushed to the margins.
• Control and certainty – unrealistic client demands and expectations; lack of control over increasing workload.
• Expectations (self and from others) – the pressure associated with a constant expectation of excellence; always being on show; the pressure of getting it wrong alongside the requirement of always getting it right; having one’s judgement continually tested.
• Support – respondents reported the challenges and lack of support and recognition/appreciation; loneliness; lack of support to cope with the distressing aftermath and/or during difficult case.