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.
Richmond Chambers has put in place a range of formal measures to support wellbeing in chambers, including appointment of a wellbeing officer and adoption of a formal policy. Formalising its approach was particularly important as its team was rapidly expanding. Of note, chambers also undertook a formal stress risk assessment to help determine priorities.
Chambers wanted to encourage more open discussion about wellbeing within the workplace and identified how important it was to raise awareness of wellbeing in a fast paced, and at times highly stressful environment. They wanted to encourage their members to feel confident when discussing any wellbeing issues that they were concerned about, not only with senior management, but also with each other.
What was the business (other case) for action?
Chambers recognises that aside from individual benefits, a healthy and happy workplace also impacts on Chambers productivity, and its reputation as a good employer.
What did the Chambers do?
“Richmond Chambers have undergone a formal HSE Stress Risk assessment and it is really good to see such a thorough approach to developing their strategy and to focussing wellbeing work where it will have the greatest impact.”
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
What were the results?
Wellbeing activity has:
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