The Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales has issued guidance for law firms on workplace culture. The new resources aim to improve the work environment experienced by solicitors and their employees and create healthy working practices moving forward.
The new guidance coincides with the release of data from the SRA’s review into the work environment in law firms. The Workplace Culture Thematic Review found that while three quarters of those surveyed were broadly happy with their current environment, there were a number of issues including:
- working long hours, significantly beyond those contracted (half of all respondents)
- levels of stress and pressure
- focus on financial targets rather than other achievements
- anxiety around reporting mental health issues and bullying behaviour.