These are just some of the sobering facts Russ Martin, Resource Management Lead for EMEA and Wellbeing Lead at Ashurst, presented to the room at the latest Legal RM Network event which explored how resource management practices can impact wellbeing.
Russ went on to uncover important indicators of depression that management and colleagues should be mindful of including but not limited to; unusually high absenteeism, difficulty to meet reasonable deadlines, and making statements of self-worthlessness.
Legal Resource Management practices can help to ensure work is allocated fairly and evenly with capacity in mind. Russ highlighted how this can help to reduce employee burnout. However, he stressed that everyone has a role to play in ensuring the wellbeing of others including senior leadership, management, as well as the wider team.
Network members joined the conversation by responding to the following questions in groups. Here were some of their key points.
Is employee wellbeing a focus for firms at the moment?
Is mental health training effective and who should be priority for this type of training?
Where should the ultimate responsibility lie for employee wellbeing – line managers, senior management, HR, or RM?
How can firms ensure wellbeing of their people? What steps do you see firms taking?
How can company culture effect and contribute to employee wellbeing?
Wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility. This was the core message that was echoed by Russ and Legal RM Network members alike. We all have a part to play in ensuring the wellbeing of those around us.
The Legal RM Network is a community that’s been created by BigHand exclusively for legal Resource Managers and their teams working in law firms. With resourcing roles still in relative infancy, this network aims to connect Resource Managers with a supportive and collaborative community where they can share ideas, discuss challenges, and learn from their peers on an ongoing basis.
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