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Poorly implemented mental health programs are contributing to the high incidences of depression in law firms, SANE Australia has claimed, following the release of its survey that found most employees who had been mentally unwell were not supported...
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has commended outgoing Attorney-General Nicola Roxon for her work in introducing tobacco plain packaging laws and establishing the Royal Commission into child sex abuse.
How does one apply a business model to social change? While few would argue that one can take an entirely capitalist model to carry out social good, many in the field look to facets of profit-seeking behavior and traditional business models to explain and develop the field of social entrepreneurship.
A new resource released by the Law Society of NSW will help to ensure solicitors and their employers have the necessary tools to implement flexible work arrangements, providing benefits for all.
President of the Law Society of NSW, Justin Dowd said that research has shown that solicitors and practices need help in order to make flexible working a reality.
“Recent Law Society research suggests that solicitors and law practices need practical tools to turn good intentions into effective reality,” Mr Dowd said.
“This newly published resource provides information on different types of flexible working and their value, as well as tips on developing suitable arrangements in the workplace for both male and female solicitors.
The "science of happiness at work" is not soft new age touchy-feely nonsense says the iOpener Institute. Their research shows that it is a key element within successful firms. Take their survey to see how happy you are at work.
The empirical research, involving 9,000 people from around the world, reveals some astonishing findings. Employees who report being happiest at work:
Stay twice as long in their jobs as their least happy colleagues
Spend double their time at work focused on what they are paid to do
Take ten times less sick leave
Believe they are achieving their potential twice as much
And the “science of happiness at work” has big benefits for individuals too. If you’re really happy at work, you’ll solve problems faster, be more creative, adapt fastest to change, receive better feedback, get promoted quicker and earn more over the long-term.
So how can you get to grips with what it’s all about?
Research shows that there are five important drivers that underpin the science of happiness at work.
An opinion issued recently by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility could ignite a debate over the concept of nonlawyer ownership of law firms only months after the association’s House of Delegates sidestepped the issue while considering recommendations of the Commission on Ethics 20/20.
The decision to radically reshape the Ashurst Australia partnership will be the biggest test of John Carrington’s leadership. It is a move that could re-energise the firm for the Asian Century or leave blood dripping on the walls.
“You know that situation where you get an evaluation from your boss, and she tells you 37 things you do really awesome, and one thing – an ‘opportunity for growth?’ And all you can think about is that opportunity for growth, right?” says Brene Brown, professor at University of Houston, says in her TED Talk on The Power of Vulnerability.
It’s that kind of obsession with criticism that stands between us and success. Dwelling on negativity – especially when the criticism is meant to be constructive – stunts professional growth and hurts happiness.
If you cannot face failure, you will not innovate, says Joseph Grenny, co-author of the New York Times best-sellers Influencer and Change Anything. And, he says, if you cannot embrace criticism, you will shut down feedback that’s essential for furthering your career.
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