Meaningful systemic change incorporating wellness within for-profit law firms will require a top-down approach that reprioritizes values forming the basis of the law firm culture. One paramount value driving firm culture may become to produce well-rounded professionals who are not only intellectually proficient, but are physically healthy and emotionally able to navigate the complicated life situations encountered by so many clients. In helping to produce emotionally grounded professionals, the firm will be able to offer superior value and significantly improved service to clients.
The table below proposes concrete top-down structure that meaningfully incorporate emphasis on attorney wellness in for-profit law firms:
The values embodied in the proposal above, while requiring a fair amount of up-front resources in development and implementation, need not adversely impact the law firm bottom line. In addition to helping in talent recruitment and retention, the firm will be able to leverage these systemic changes from a marketing standpoint. Current and potential clients will not only recognize the heightened quality of professionals servicing their matters, but may philosophically embrace the values embraced by the firm in its new top-down approach.