In February the JLD conducted a survey of its members regarding resilience and wellbeing focusing on stress and mental health in the workplace.
The JLD would like to thank all those who took part in the survey, the results of which are now available.
The key findings show:
Stress in the workplace
Over 93 per cent of respondents had suffered with stress in the month before completing the survey with 26 per cent of those individuals being severely/extremely stressed. For the purpose of the survey, stress was defined as being under too much emotional or mental pressure.
The survey showed that the key stress factors for junior lawyers are high workload, lack of support, client demands/expectations and ineffective management. 73 per cent of respondents said that their firm could do more to support stress at work. The most common responses regarding what action firms can be taking to support their junior lawyers includes training (both for management and junior lawyers), increased visibility of internal policies, support/counselling, increased levels of supervision and better management.
Kayleigh Leonie, the JLD’s Council member at the Law Society prepared the survey and commented that ‘these statistics are extremely concerning to the JLD and, as a result, its executive committee will be focusing on producing guidance for employers to support them with tackling stress and mental health issues in the workplace’.
Mental health in the workplace
Over 25 per cent of respondents said that they had suffered with a mental health problem in the month before completing the survey and under 24 per cent of those individuals had made their employer aware of it. Over 74 per cent of those suffering with a mental health problem said that they had considered taking time off work but did not, with over 67 per cent stating that it caused them to experience problems in their family life and relationships.
Over 73 per cent of respondents stated that their employer did not provide any help, guidance or support to employees in relation to mental health in the workplace or that they did not know whether their employer did. Over 50 per cent felt that their organisation could do more to provide help, guidance and support in relation to mental health in the workplace.
The JLD is acutely aware of the pressure that our members are under and if any of members would like support in relation to stress or other related conditions, please contact Law Care in confidence for more information.