The importance of a mental health and well-being strategy for your team
Produced in partnership with Richard Martin of Byrne Dean
The importance of a mental health and well-being strategy for your team

The following In-house Advisor practice note Produced in partnership with Richard Martin of Byrne Dean provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The importance of a mental health and well-being strategy for your team
  • Well-being in the legal profession
  • The case for action
  • The business case
  • The legal case
  • The moral case
  • A mental health and well-being strategy for your team

As leaders of a team, however large or small, you want your people to be fulfilled, to feel able to give of their best, to work hard and effectively, to enjoy what they do and to be a positive influence on your business. When people have a good sense of well-being, they can do this. Positive well-being or mental health will contribute to increased productivity, creativity, co-operation, communication and engagement. Reduced well-being, and many forms of common mental illness, will see a corresponding decline in these key drivers of individual and overall organisational performance. Many common mental illnesses will cause withdrawal, fatigue, loss of concentration, poor memory, reduced cognitive functioning and much more. These are all key drivers of what good individual and team performance would look like.

The primary role of managers is to manage their resource, their people, to get the best from them. Their well-being and mental health are key to this.

Well-being in the legal profession

It is recommended that you take steps to assess the well-being of your own team (including you) in order to understand your immediate situation. There is, however, research already published that describes the situation in the profession more generally.

In July 2015, Paul Gilbert of LBC Wise Counsel published A report on the well–being of in–house lawyers, a follow-up to an article in March 2014 describing the 'Crisis

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