Well-being

Survey: How Can We Solve Lawyer Burnout?

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Do you want to help address burnout in lawyers and other legal professionals? If you answered yes, then consider participating in an anonymous survey about lawyer burnout and the factors that contribute to it in the legal profession.

With employee burnout on the rise, largely driven by lockdown restrictions, lawyers are a particularly vulnerable group. According to a 2020 article from Clio, factors like having a high-achieving personality type, perfectionistic tendencies, and working long hours, can make lawyers especially susceptible to burnout.

While there have been several health-related surveys in the legal profession, none have determined the frequency of lawyer burnout or the contributing factors. More importantly, concrete solutions to address burnout have yet to be published and accepted by the profession.

The survey, which is being conducted by the Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL), Well-Being Week in Law (WWIL), and Claremont Graduate University, will help the profession better understand what promotes and undermines the psychological health of lawyers and their support staff.

The data gathered in this research will be used to provide law firms with recommendations for enhancing employee well-being and curbing the risk of burnout.

Are You Eligible?

The researchers are looking for lawyers and staff members working in all types of environments, such as law firms, in-house legal departments, government positions, non-profits, and judicial chambers.

The 10-minute survey will ask participants about their work experience in the legal field. Most questions will center around how they feel when they are at work, recent moods, and perceptions of their organization. Participants are welcome to skip any questions that they would prefer not to answer.

The deadline for participation is April 16, 2021.

If you have questions or would like additional information about participating in this survey, please contact Anne Brafford at anne.brafford@cgu.edu or (310) 367-6782 or Brendon Ellis at brendon.ellis@cgu.edu or (703) 927-9005.

Although widespread change is needed to curb lawyer burnout, lawyers can start managing their well-being with a few basic tools: getting enough sleep, taking a break, and laughing.

If taking control of your well-being is a priority, consider attending our fifth annual The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference on Wednesday, April 28, where we’ll explore the future of attorney well-being. Registration is open.

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