If law firm morale is slumping three months into the year, it's too late for a New Year's Eve party to cheer things up.
Spring break might give people a chance to recharge, but it takes more to create lasting change in lawyers. Workplace malaise requires more than a placebo.
Your remedy might be to hire a well-being specialist. Here are some of the signs that your firm needs one:
Depression, Addictions, and Suicide
It goes without saying that suicide is bad news for everybody. Lawyers don't like to talk about it, but it also happens at their firms.
Substance abuse, depression, and related illnesses also plague attorneys. The legal profession knows this and urges law firms to help their lawyers' well-being.
Some law firms have started programs to promote better emotional health. They include wellness initiatives and visiting psychologists to provide counseling.
But well-being is not a one-and-done thing. Programs need people dedicated to sustain them.
The Well-Being Specialist
Many schools, governments and companies employ wellness specialists. They support and train people on their health and fitness goals.
Their main focus is to promote a healthy work-life balance. That's where wellness and well-being intersect.
Most lawyers want more balance in their lives, healthy ways to deal with the stress and challenges of their work. A well-being specialist can help with that.