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?
No 5 Chambers has long-acknowledged that the reality of self-employment adds pressures to a barrister’s working life. The desire to maintain a busy practice and to keep clerks and solicitors happy can result in taking on too much work, which can seriously upset work-life balance and may lead to unhealthy work-related issues. These pressures, in turn, inform the stresses felt by clerks and staff. Through our Wellbeing Policy we aim to mitigate these pressures and bring about a culture change in the long term.
In addition to the ethical and moral obligations that provided the impetus to bring about this change, we acknowledged four obvious advantages to Chambers:
What did the Chambers do?
“No 5 has a clear vision on wellbeing and a well thought out strategy and programme of activity and support. We particularly applaud chambers robust business case and recognition this is about long-term culture change, where success will not be achieved over-night. An excellent example of a chambers-based approach to wellbeing.”
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
What were the results?
There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Wellbeing Policy. No. 5 recognise that the Policy and its implementation are very much still a “work-in-progress” with focus on long-term culture change as well as short-term benefits; however, the immediate response has resulted in:
Active interaction between the Committee and other initiatives in Chambers, such as parental leave and support.
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