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09 October 2020

Charles Russell Speechlys signs the Mindful Business Charter

Charles Russell Speechlys is proud to have signed up to the Mindful Business Charter. The aim of the Charter is to bring together likeminded law firms and organisations who have a common aspiration to engage and encourage smarter working practices to support better mental health and wellbeing.

The Charter, created by Barclays, Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard launched in October 2018, aims to remove any avoidable elements of workplace stress and promote a more healthy and effective way of working.

Managing Partner, Simon Ridpath said
“We are delighted to be signatories to the Mindful Business Charter. The mental health and wellbeing of our staff is obviously very important to us. Now, more than ever, with the numerous changes to where and how we are all working, the Charter provides a good framework to review working practices and encourage open dialogue on how we can work more effectively, and mindfully, for the benefit of each other and our clients. “

Emma Bartlett, Diversity & Inclusion Partner said:
“The Mindful Business Charter is a set of common sense principles which encourage us to reduce avoidable work related stress caused by poor working practices, communication, and planning. It is incredibly important in the current climate and in our profession generally to re-establish boundaries between our private and professional lives for the good of our mental well-being. Commitment to this Charter could not have come at a better time as the ‘always-on’ culture pervades. It is a significant commitment for the firm, and one not undertaken lightly, underpinning the firm’s culture.”

Richard Martin, Byrne Dean on behalf of the Mindful Business Charter commented:
“The Charter is based upon the simple notion that when we are stressed our brains don’t work so well, which is not good for us or for the effectiveness of our work. It calls for us to be more thoughtful, more mindful, of the way we work and its impact upon ourselves and those around us. Few of us have experienced a period of such collective angst, uncertainty and wholesale change as we have seen over the last months. Our reactions to that, and our ability to work effectively through it, will define the world of business, and the health of those working in it, for decades. We are reshaping what work means. The Charter provides us with the permission and the courage to do so in a more healthy and effective way.

From a very personal perspective it’s a thing of huge pride to see CRS sign up. I served as a partner at the firm for a number of years up until my illness in 2011, but I have been privileged to come back and deliver training with the firm and be part of the launch event for your amazing This is Me film last summer. I know you will contribute so much to the MBC movement and your signing up speaks volumes about your commitment to the health and wellbeing of everyone in the firm.”

 

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