Raising awareness, promoting engagement and fostering resilience is an ongoing and a key part of our culture at Bevan Brittan.Jodie Sinclair, Partner, Wellbeing Lead
Working in law can be a challenging environment and as a firm we want to ensure that we are supporting our colleagues in developing their resilience, putting in place appropriate support channels and resources that everyone can access. We recognise that everyone has their own unique set of personal and professional circumstances, challenges and stresses.
Our Wellbeing Working Group has representation from across the firm and thanks to their drive and enthusiasm, we have an established programme of initiatives, including our informal ‘Coffee With’ scheme pairing up colleagues at random once a month for a catch up and our weekly family bedtime story, both held over Zoom.
We are proud of our open culture, where colleagues feel empowered to speak openly about physical and mental health issues and to seek out support when needed.
We have trained 25 colleagues across the firm as Mental Health First Aiders, nominated Partner Wellbeing Champions in each of our offices, and appointed Wellbeing Ambassadors to raise awareness and promote engagement. With colleagues sharing their personal insights and reflections on a variety of topical themes – from living alone during lockdown to prioritising self-care – we are showing that we all have a human side.
Collectively, these are the pillars of our Wellbeing strategy, which we will continue to build on to provide colleagues with an open and supportive environment that allows them to flourish personally and professionally at Bevan Brittan.
Wellbeing activities and initiatives
BB ‘Coffee With’
A scheme that gives colleagues the opportunity to have an informal virtual catch up over coffee with a colleague they have never spoken to before.
BB Bedtime Story
One of our partners hosts a weekly bedtime story for colleagues to join with their families over Zoom.
Strava running club
We have a virtual firm-wide running club on Strava, with a weekly leader board and regular challenges to keep us all motivated to stay active – whether through running, walking or cycling.
Men’s Health Week
We published a daily insight into men’s health with contributions from our male colleagues on topics like being a father, coping with stress and anxiety, and looking after our physical wellbeing.
Healthy Eating Week
We shared tips about ‘Eating the Rainbow’ and invited colleagues to send in their healthy recipes to produce a Bevan Brittan recipe book.
Weekly yoga class
Now hosted over Zoom, we have a yoga group that take part in a weekly class at 8am on Fridays, giving everyone a sense of calm before the working day begins.