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Wellbeing in the Workplace: What it is and Why it Matters - FULLY BOOKED

04 Dec 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Law Society House, Belfast See Details

Despite legislation providing protection from discrimination due to mental health disability and employers having a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work, a recent Labour Force Survey identified that 12.5 million working days were lost in 2016/ 2017 due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety with the legal sector having a higher than average prevalence.

In order to have a legal profession that is fit for the demands of delivering legal services in the 21st century we need to make sure that those providing these services are productive, resilient and able to cope with a changing and competitive environment.

Increasingly organisations are developing wellbeing policies. There are many benefits to this - better physical and mental health, greater motivation, creativity and more productive work. From an employer’s perspective actively improving wellbeing may help to attract a talented and diverse range of people, help with staff retention, reduce sick days, increase productivity and give an edge over competitors. The High Court ruling in SRA v James and Ors (13 November 2018) serves as a shocking reminder of how seriously mental health issues and unsupportive working environments can impact and escalate to career-ending lengths.

This seminar will help identify aspects of practice that compromise wellbeing and identify ways of improving wellbeing and will explore:

  • What mental health and wellbeing mean;

  • Factors that affect wellbeing;

  • A definition of stress;

  • Why organisations should tackle stress at work;

  • Common indicators of stress;

  • The effects of stress;

  • Working with difficult people;

  • The Four Pillars of Resilience;

  • Key steps to improving wellbeing;

  • Practical office strategies for success including tips on time management and effective use of email.

    Wednesday 4 December 2019


The session will be delivered by Trish McLellan – Co-ordinator for Scotland and Northern Ireland, LawCare. LawCare is the charity that supports and promotes wellbeing in the legal community throughout the UK and Ireland.

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