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Work-life balance most significant challenge to wellbeing for legal profession, LIV survey reveals

Work-life balance most significant challenge to wellbeing for legal profession, LIV survey reveals

By LIV Media


A survey of the legal profession conducted by the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) has revealed managing an appropriate work-life balance is the most significant challenge when maintaining positive wellbeing.

More than 600 LIV members participated in the survey, and more than half (50.8%) indicated work-life balance as a challenge to their wellbeing.

Also among the most common challenges for lawyers were managing work demands (46.4%), anxiety (38.5%), and feelings of being overwhelmed (37.1%).

The survey was conducted in response to recommendation 89 of the Royal Commission into Management of Police Informants (RMCPI) which asked the LIV to assess the awareness level, use and views of the ethical, health and wellbeing support services and resources offered to its members.

These findings will also form the foundation of the LIV’s wellbeing strategy into the future.

LIV President Tania Wolff acknowledged the findings of the survey, which highlight the importance of lawyers and law firms prioritising wellbeing and having open and honest conversations about this issue.

“The practice of law can be an all-consuming one. In the context of a global pandemic, lockdowns, and working from home, it is more important than ever to carve out time to connect with our friends and families, and to invest in our own wellbeing,” Ms Wolff said.

“It’s important to develop sufficient self-awareness to acknowledge when issues arise, so we can address them honestly and effectively. If these issues are left unchecked then they run the risk of affecting not just ourselves but others around us,” Ms Wolff said.

Among the wellbeing resources currently available for LIV members are free and confidential member counselling services, free wellbeing webinars, and regular information and advice shared through LIV communication channels. The LIV also appointed a Wellbeing Manager in February this year to drive its wellbeing strategy.

“It is encouraging that the importance of maintaining positive wellbeing has come to the forefront in national discourse and, rightly so, the LIV recognises it as a priority for its members.”

“The LIV is committed to providing the resources members of the legal profession need to enjoy long and healthy careers, to continue to support their clients, and to be engaged members of the community,” Ms Wolff said.

The complete report of the survey’s findings can be found here.


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