The resourcing hub of an international law firm has launched a new campaign devoted to the wellbeing of general counsel across Australia.
The “Be Well at the Top” campaign, launched by Vario, as part of international firm Pinsent Masons, comprises a series of four events, each of which delves into a different topic related to wellbeing and all created to help those in the GC role to recognise and deal with everyday stress.
The campaign has been launched in acknowledgment of the fact that those who assume the role of general counsel are “being particularly impacted” by stress and related pressures, Vario said.
“Those in the general counsel role are seeing unprecedented levels of pressure – shrinking budgets, coupled with the expansion of the GC role away from just legal, but also to include wider business strategic advice, mean more stress with wellbeing unfortunately slipping down the list of priorities,” said Vario managing director Matthew Kay.
“At Vario, we work closely with GCs and by providing contract lawyers, can often help ease these pressures. We hope this series of events will also prove helpful for GCs in identifying their stress points and adequately managing them.”
The campaign intends to gather in-house lawyers from across all sectors to “better interrogate the pressures that exist at the top and, to empower those with the capacity to change with greater clarity on how to shape a healthier, sustainable workforce”.
This is taking place in the shape of a roundtable in Melbourne during October and will be followed by a webinar in November titled: “The Business of Sleep: How to Make the Most of It”.
The campaign will run into 2020 and also include webinars on the bravery of balance, meditation in business and the relevance of agile working, Vario said in a statement.
“Thankfully mental health is becoming recognised as a vital element to a healthy and happy workforce,” Mr Kay said.
“We often see advocacy for better mental health and wellness practices in businesses which have been anchored to Generations Y and Z – the burnout generations. But, hot air rises, and a conversation needs to be had around how those at the top are dealing with the heat of the digital revolution that has removed the distinction between work and home and created pressure to be ‘always on, always reachable’.”
The webinars are open to all GCs based in Australia.