This case study may be useful if you are looking for examples of developing a wellbeing policy, increasing awareness of wellbeing, developing resilience training schemes and/or promoting wellbeing initiatives.
What was the business (other case) for action?
In March 2018, KBW became increasingly conscious of the need to recognise and promote wellbeing at the Bar and more specifically within Chambers, particularly as the general conversation surrounding mental health increased nationally. Our objective was to change the culture in Chambers, to refocus on transparency amongst peers regarding our respective struggles, and step away from the stigma associated with such openness.
Our primary objective was to make the work environment even more supportive and responsive to individual wellbeing issues. We also wanted to help improve the performance of individuals and thereby Chambers’ reputation, and to reduce unexpected absences due to ill health (physical or mental).
What did the Chambers do?
Mental Health Training:
Awareness Raising Events:
“KBW has impressed. They have a clear vision and have put in place governance arrangements and a policy which defines what is on offer and what should be expected. It is particularly heartening to see that they already feel their wellbeing officers are adding value and supporting colleagues across chambers”
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
What were the results?
KBW has seen a tangible result from its promotion of wellbeing and openness. The Wellbeing Officers have been well utilised. Individuals have come forward to discuss long-standing issues which have been impacting upon their professional life. In all cases, the Wellbeing Officers have responded positively by making the appropriate referrals (e.g. counselling, or work assessment), setting up new strategies within KBW and, in one case, adopting an approach set out in Bar Council Guidance.
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