Join Our “After Party” For Well-Being Coordinators
This year, in collaboration with the Professional Development Consortium, we’re excited to introduce an “After Party” for all of the well-being coordinators who are working hard within organizations to boost well-being in the legal profession.
If you’re responsible for building a well-being program for a law firm or other type of legal employer, you won’t want to miss the After Party that’s tailored to you.
Each day of the week of May 17, we’ll provide programming focused on organizational practices that science has shown have a substantial impact on workplace well-being. To avoid exacerbating everyone’s growing Zoom fatigue, we’ll offer a mix of ways to participate–e.g., readings, resources, pre-recorded videos, and a few live webinars.
MONDAY: May 17, 2021
Recognition & Rewards
Perceived efforts/contributions are fairly balanced with employer-provided rewards (e.g., compensation, esteem and social rewards, job security, career opportunities).
I Know How I’m Doing and How To Get Even Better
Anne Brafford (2017), I Know How I’m Doing and How To Get Even Better, Chapter 5 in Positive Professionals: Creating High-Performing, Profitable Firms Through The Science of Engagement (pp. 155-164). Science-backed guidance for delivering feedback and expressing gratitude to bolster well-being and avoid burnout.
Monday, May 17, 2021 12:00 pm ET, 60 minutes
You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup: Daily Mindfulness Practices for Workplace Well-Being Professionals
We’re kicking off the After Party with a focus on you. When you spend most of your day focusing on others, taking care of yourself often takes a backseat. Today’s session is an opportunity to set aside the responsibility to care for others and focus on ourselves. This session will provide an opportunity to practice a variety of mindfulness tools designed to regulate emotions, refocus attention, and return to the present moment. Many of us do not have the time to unplug for 30 minutes in the middle of the day to “find our center.” These tools are intended to be short, simple practices that can be used throughout the day to refill our cups as we pour out to others.
Speaker: Jordan Hamilton of Jordan Hamilton, M.A., is a former collegiate and professional basketball player, is an executive coach, leadership and team work consultant, and mindfulness trainer.
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:30 pm ET, 60 minutes
Well-Being, Inclusion, and Belonging: Breaking Down Silos and Integrating DEI and Well-Being Initiatives
The legal profession has placed a high priority on both DEI and workplace well-being–which are highly-interrelated. Whether work cultures support diverse legal professionals’ well-being and ability to be their best will significantly influence whether they stay, advance, and achieve their potential. But too often DEI and well-being efforts are siloed. This panel will provide new ideas for bridging the gap between well-being and DEI programs to increase effectiveness of this important work.
Moderator: This panel will be moderated by Denise Robinson, a former practicing lawyer and founder of a diversity consulting firm called The Still Center.
Laurie Cappello, Director of Well-Being at Mintz
Narges Kakalia, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Mintz
Yusuf Z. Zakir, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Katherine Adamenko, Manager of Well-Being, Ropes & Gray
Kia Scipio, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ropes & Gray
TUESDAY: May 18, 2021
Our culture supports members’ ability to maintain good health and functioning while feeling fully engaged in and satisfied with their contributions to their work and families and themselves without perceiving too much conflict among those roles.
Supervisor Work/Life Training Gets Results.
Ellen Ernst Kossek & Leslie B. Hammer (2008). Supervisor Work/Life Training Gets Results. Harvard Business Review. Teaching managers to be more supportive of their direct reports’ work/life issues can be a simple and effective route to improving employee health and satisfaction.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 1:00 pm ET, 60 minutes
Practical Advice For Curbing The Work-Life Conflict Crisis In Your Firm
Description: Work-life juggling always is a challenge in the legal profession but problems have sky-rocketed during the COVID pandemic. Much research (including in the legal profession) has found that employees who experience conflict between their work and family/personal lives have increased risk of burnout; deteriorating physical and mental health; and declining job performance, attitudes, and commitment. Commentators are predicting wide-spread exits in the legal profession (especially among associates and working mothers) if action isn’t taken soon. In this session, Dr. Leslie Hammer will offer practical advice and resources for organizations to address these challenges. Dr. Hammer is a leading expert on the health consequences of work-family conflict and how organizations can curb those effects by offering supportive supervision. She will offer insights from her extensive experience training supervisors to improve team communication, enhance team effectiveness, and reduce stress and work-family conflict.
Speaker: Dr. Leslie Hammer is a Professor in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University. She also is Co-Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, one of six Total Worker Health® centers of excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She is a leading expert on the health effects of supportive supervision at work, and on the health consequences of work-family conflict. She has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating supervisor training. Her research focuses on ways in which organizations can help reduce work and family stress and improve positive spillover into nonwork life by facilitating both formal and informal workplace supports.
Download Dr. Hammer’s presentation slides here.
WEDNESDAY: May 19, 2021
Our leaders positively impact organizational members’ well-being through their leadership style, creation of a psychologically healthy work culture, management of mental health matters in the workplace, and support for workplace well-being programs.
3 Ways to Motivate Your Team Through an Extended Crisis
Anne Brafford & Richard Ryan (2020), 3 Ways to Motivate Your Team Through an Extended Crisis. Harvard Business Review. Brief article with tips based on motivational psychology for bolstering internal motivation by supporting the experience of connection, competence, and autonomy.
Servant Leadership: How to Lead With The Heart
Liz Theophille (2020). Servant Leadership: How to Lead With The Heart TEDx, 14:00 mins. Theophille, a Senior IT leader with a multicultural international experience in large companies, talks about how she applies leading with the heart and servant leadership in her daily work with some concrete examples.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:00 pm ET, 60 minutes
The Mindful Business Charter: Committing To Well-Being in the Attorney-Client Relationship
The attorney-client relationship can significantly impact well-being on both sides of the relationship. Making real progress on lawyer well-being will be difficult unless this relationship becomes a focal point. Join us for a panel discussion of how Signatories to the Mindful Business Charter carry out their commitment to support well-being in attorney-client relationships on a daily basis.
Richard Martin, Director of Mental Health & Well-Being at Byrne Dean in London. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Farlow, Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP
Jonathan Hoey, Partner, Head of Banking & Financial Services Litigation at TLT LLP
LaChanté Robertson, Vice President Documentation, Barclays Capital Inc.
Juli Smith, General Counsel, Barclays Capital Inc.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 3:00 pm ET, 90 minutes
Building Workplace Well-Being Programs: Key Success Factors (Panel)
Law firms recognized for their progress and innovation on their workplace well-being programs will provide insights about what they believe are key factors for success. Download the session materials here: 1) What’s Working Well in Law Firm Well-Being Programs? and 2) The Workplace Well-Being Practices Review Checklists.
Gretchen Rose, Director Human Resources, Cozen O’Connor
Mary Ellen Connerty, Director, Diversity & Engagement, O’Melveny & Myers (#1 on the Vault.com Best Law Firm for Wellness rankings)
Karen Barry, Wellness Ambassador, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (#2 on the Vault.com Wellness rankings)
Hannah Fabrikant, Director of Professional Development, McDermott Will & Emery (#3 on the Vault.com Wellness rankings)
Nicole Lark, Senior Director, Compensation & Benefits, Covington & Burling (engaging in extensive analysis and development after recently signing the ABA Well-Being Pledge)
THURSDAY: May 20, 2021
Our organizational members feel supported and valued for their unique, individual traits and talents; feel a sense of belonging; and have access to and feel fairly treated by the organization’s structures and processes.
How the Human Brain Can Derail or Bolster DEI
Due Quach (2021). How the Human Brain Can Derail or Bolster DEI. Mindful Leader. What if the Achilles heel of DEI is actually the human brain? The article explains how understanding the human brain can explain why DEI efforts often stumble and more importantly, how to make them more effective.
Creating the Conditions for Belonging
john a. powell (2021). Creating the Conditions for Belonging and Breathing in a Toxic Environment. Bioneers, 17:19. The director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley illuminates how individuals and organizations can transform and heal our impulses to “other” by cultivating new ways of thinking and building structures conducive to belonging.
Things In Common Activity Guide
Connecting Over Things In Common Activity Guide. We often share more in common with others than what meets the eye. Getting beyond the surface attributes and gaining a better understanding of the experiences, identities, and other aspects of our lives that we share with our colleagues can help us bridge differences and work together more effectively.
Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:00 pm ET, 90 minutes
Using Design Thinking to Clarify Team Work Expectations And Support Work-Life Management
Description: Let’s face it: Teamwork can be hard. But it doesn’t have to be! In this session, David and Mary Sherwin will walk us through a series of hands-on, practical exercises that help teams get aligned on how they want to work together from the start of projects. They’ll cover how to set shared communication norms, get real about working hours, and unpack assumptions about how they can best support each other when things get tough. If you’ve ever asked yourself “How do we actually talk about how we want to work together?”, this is the session for you. It’ll help you enable your teams to set their own rules in a way that’s clear, direct, and useful. Download the Sherwins’ presentation slides here.
Speaker: David and Mary Sherwin are design educators and practitioners focusing on teamwork and process. Their most recent book is Turning People Into Teams: Rituals & Routines That Redesign How We Work. A 30% discount on this book and the related Teams Toolkit is available here through July 31, 2021.
FRIDAY: May 21, 2021
Culture of Trust,
Fairness & Transparency
Our work environment is characterized by the shared values of trust, honesty, transparency, and fairness.
Psychological safety at work improves productivity–here are 4 ways to get it, according to a Harvard expert.
Cory Stieg (2020). Psychological safety at work improves productivity–here are 4 ways to get it, according to a Harvard expert. CNBC.com.
Culture, Candor, & More.
Kim Scott, Culture, Candor, & More. TEDx, 31:25 mins. Without candid conversations and feedback, we can’t grow professionally or interpersonally, and we’ll be less effective as leaders and teammates. But there’s far too little direct honest, communication at work— often due to fear of hurting others’ feelings. Kim Scot discusses skills for showing that we care while also speaking directly.
Friday, May 21, 2021 1:00 pm ET, 60 minutes
Reduce Risk and Boost Well-Being By Building Trust Within Your Firm
Description: Mistakes are a common cause of malpractice claims and often are a culmination of many factors. If lawyers and other team members are afraid to ask questions or disclose errors because of unreasonable expectations, small problems can snowball into very big ones. A key ingredient to improving team culture is “psychological safety,” which involves creating an environment where all personnel are comfortable speaking up, even under adverse circumstances. This is a well-studied concept that is linked not only to speaking up about mistakes or areas of weakness but also to well-being, engagement, and the experience of inclusion.
Learn more about the importance of psychological safety in law firms in this excerpt from Anne Brafford’s ABA-published book Positive Professionals: Creating High-Performing Profitable Firms Through the Science of Engagement.
The recording of this session will be available until June 21, 2021.
Well-Being Lessons From
The Medical Profession
The medical profession’s decades-long study of physician well-being and burnout can provide insights for the legal profession about building their wellbeing programs.
Part 1: Beyond Burnout: Engagement, Leadership, & Meaningful Work
Dr. Guldner is an emergency room physician and Program Director of Graduate Medical Education at Riverside Community Hospital, which is part of a network of hospitals owned by HCA Healthcare. He has created an award-winning program to support resident well-being at RCH. Over the last several years, he also has been involved in a research study with Anne Brafford at Claremont Graduate University focused on resident depression, burnout, and engagement. In this video, Dr. Guldner talks about the resident well-being program, study results, and future plans for resident-well-being program development.
Part 2: Beyond Burnout: Team Leadership Strategies to Support Flourishing
Scott Rigby, PhD is a behavioral scientist specializing in self-determination theory. In this video, he talks about need-supportive leadership training based on self-determination theory that will be implemented as part of Riverside Community Hospital’s resident well-being program coordinated by Dr. Greg Guldner.
Effective Leaders: The Lynchpins of Workplace Well-Being
Anne Brafford provides tips for law firm partners and other supervisors for supporting team members’ well-being. The recommended strategies are based on self-determination theory—which will provide the foundation for leader training of supervising physicians as part of Riverside Community Hospital’s resident well-being program coordinated by Dr. Greg Guldner.