This case study may be useful if you are looking for examples of increasing awareness of wellbeing, developing resilience training schemes and/or promoting wellbeing initiatives.
20 Essex Street has introduced a range of initiatives which support practice development through training as well as a range of eye catching initiatives like rooftop yoga and Pilates at your desk. Dedicated member and committee support is now being put in place to give oversight of their wellbeing programme.
What was the business (other case) for action?
By introducing wellbeing initiatives 20 Essex Street aims to improve internal workplace satisfaction and reduce absence. They believe this will lead to increased work output in terms of volume and quality.
They also believe wellbeing supports a positive external perception of Chambers and has the potential to attract work and members/staff.
What did the Chambers do?
Governance & Policy approach
20 Essex Street has created a Chambers’ Wellbeing Statement of Intent, this is a short statement of principles, with links to well-established policies which support members and staff wellbeing.
Wellbeing is currently overseen by the Equality & Diversity Committee which has appointed two welfare officers.
This approach is intended as a precursor to a longer policy backed by a more formal wellbeing committee structure and appointment process for welfare officers.
Chambers also has in place a mentoring scheme for Members of Chambers.
Employee Assistance Programme
All arbitrators, barristers and staff have been enrolled on the Health Assured EAP scheme for helpline support.
Other wellbeing related initiatives:
Providing weekly Thursday evening drinks and chambers morning tea (every term) to encourage members to get together.
“20 Essex Street has introduced a great range of initiatives which include access to counselling and a helpline (via an EAP), professional development as well as roof top yoga and Pilates at your desk! Good to see plans are in place to further develop policy and governance of the programme in chambers.”
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
What were the results?
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