Today is R U OK? Day (9 September 2021). Let’s be honest, 2020 and 2021 have been challenging times, and in the current pandemic environment it is more important than ever for mental health awareness to be at the forefront of our minds.
After numerous months of working from home offices and kitchen tables, it has become clear that remote work is a new reality for the legal profession. 79% of ' The State of Small Law Australia Study' respondents declared that the new normal of flexible working arrangements are here to stay. While this newfound flexibility can support varied work styles, improve work-life balance, and even increase productivity, it also introduces fresh challenges for the legal profession.
It’s no secret that the legal profession is more susceptible to mental health challenges. During COVID-19, the legal industry has been responding to multiple surveys on mental health, with the results shining a light on the highs and lows of the profession since remote work began back in March 2020. Many lawyers are struggling under high workloads, and the line between work and personal life has become much more blurred now than in the past.
At Smokeball, we know these issues affect your world and your specific practice every day. That’s why we’re focusing our September communications on supporting your life as a Healthy Remote Lawyer, covering topics like stress management, setting healthy client boundaries, and asking for the help you need.
Smokeball is here to support your practice, no matter the day or month. We welcome your feedback on topics and features that could make your job easier.
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