Mindfulness training for lawyers
Lawyers are often highly stressed. This can lead to a drop in productivity, or even complete burn out.
Mindfulness is a proven set of skills that build resilience.
We have designed and delivered a bespoke online training course for lawyers, based on a ‘little and often’ approach that really works.
For one law firm it contributed to a 20% rise in billable time.
What’s the problem?
Lawyers often feel overloaded with work, unappreciated, isolated, and unsupported; many complain of unattainable targets, poor working conditions, and long hours.
Surveys by LawCare and the Law Society reveal that more than 50 per cent of the profession feels stressed, and that 19 % have clinical depression. More than 95 per cent say their stress is extreme or severe.
After 7 years of practice, lawyers are they’re twice as likely to suffer from an episode of depression as other professionals. The pressures of work and the long hours culture in the law together with the perfectionist approach that many legal professionals have, can take its toll.
The key tool for lawyers is their mind. They use it to solve problems for clients. Yet how much time do lawyers spend taking care of this precious resource?
What is the cost to lawyer’s own wellbeing of working in an environment where the subject matter is inherently stressful and where ‘vicarious trauma’ is a real danger.
Where lawyers are under pressure, they are also likely to affect their colleagues and support staff. So productivity and wellbeing can both enter a negative spiral.
How can mindfulness help?
Firstly, lawyers can benefit from a review of their approach to their working life. A good starting point is to clarify values and intention, and to make a commitment to a better work-life balance.
Secondly, individuals need to build their resilience. A programme of secular mindfulness, based on sound neuroscience, then provides the skills and training ground to learn how to live and work in a more balanced way.
There is also a role for organisational leadersto recognize the signs of stress, to be proactive in creating supportive culture, and in responding appropriately when problems occur.
Does it work?
Thousands of research studies reflect the findings of our own training outcomes – over 50% better capacity to manage stress, and over 50% productivity improvement.
Here’s what one legal services client said:
‘Simon worked with a group of 14 lawyers and operational managers to help them cope with a demanding workload and resulting anxieties.Simon’s training had an immediately beneficial effect. We saw productivity and chargeable time increase by around 20% and remain high, contributing to our most profitable quarter yet. Not only was it fantastic value; it’s also helped us create a happier workplace.’
HR director Paul Clayton of Capital Law
Bringing down the barriers
Traditional mindfulness training is not for everyone, for several good reasons. We ‘ve addressed the key barriers in the following ways:
1 – Time requirement:a ‘short and often’ approach
- mostly based on 3 minute exercises
- de-stress techniques that can be done in seconds
- integrated into everyday activities
2 – Workplace focused:relevant for busy people
- People learn how to apply the skills to, for example:
- meetings, emails & phone calls
- team & client interactions
- managing workload pressure
3 – Accessible:online training with support
- 24/7, mobile/web learning platform
- webinars (join or watch later)
- email support
4 – A simple and practical approach
- based on sound neuroscience
- uses business language
- secular and universal skill
Structure of the training
We’ve two main products:
Online training– we guide people through the course with 24/7 access to a learning platform, and group courses include webinars. There’s a quick taster course for the ‘unsure’, and a 6-week full training programme designed specifically for lawyers.
An app, Five to Nine.This delivers a one-minute mindfulness tip each workday. Paid membership gives access to a library, webinars and other interactivity.
We also back this up by bespoking the course to suit each new environment, and can give talks, workshops, retreats, coaching etc.
For legal practices, we’ll start by scoping out exactly what you need, and how we can provide a tailored service for your staff.
If that goes well, we’ll set out a draft offer of services. Once this is agreed we can then meet face to face to design the training in detail and agree a programme.
Contact Simon by email, phone 0845 458 0060, or use the message box at foot of page.
If you’re an individual wanting to do the training in your own time, you can get started here right away.