Ashurst is committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. We recognise that, while we operate within a high performance culture and that a certain degree of stress is unavoidable, our organisation can and should do more to tackle avoidable causes of stress and promote a culture of openness about mental health and wellbeing. We were therefore delighted to be one of the first law firms to become a signatory to the Mindful Business Charter.
As a starting point, in order to introduce the Mindful Business Charter at Ashurst, we set up a workshop during which our people had an opportunity to take a look at the principles of the Mindful Business Charter for the first time. We asked participants to tell us which principles resonated most strongly with them and to identify areas of the Mindful Business Charter where Ashurst could improve. Participants came up with a wide range of ideas to help drive forward the actions and change necessary to support the Mindful Business Charter, from adhering to more mindful email etiquette and holding more efficient meetings to conducting better holiday handovers in order to ensure rest periods are respected. An important dimension to this workshop was that a wide range of our people attended, which we hope will ensure buy-in to the Mindful Business Charter at all levels of seniority and across different roles within the firm.
Following the workshop, a core group of Mindful Business Charter “champions” collated the workshop feedback and used this to design a set of best practice guidelines which tie in with key principles of the Mindful Business Charter. These guidelines were then circulated to teams across the firm. Our strategy is now to ensure that use of these guidelines becomes common practice across the firm by, for example, holding refresher sessions and introducing the Mindful Business Charter in future new joiner inductions as well as including visual reminders of the Mindful Business Charter in common areas across the firm such as coffee stations and meeting rooms.