Your office space matters more than you think - and the research proves it.
In this course we will explain the latest research, so you can leverage your office space - a significant investment for most firms - to improve retention, performance and overall employee engagement.
The lawyer wellbeing movement was largely brought to the forefront when the National Task Force on Lawyer Wellbeing issued its report: The Path to Lawyer Well-Being, creating a movement to improve well-being in the legal profession. We are at a pivotal point for the profession; that said, there is a key aspect that is missing from the conversation - the impact of the physical office space.
Why should you care about your office space? There are at least three reasons:
First, there is an increasing volume of research that demonstrates the negative impacts that "traditional" office spaces have on human health, wellness, and performance. This research - largely from Harvard's School of Public Health - demonstrates striking impacts of aspects like poor air quality, and the relatively simple fixes that can have significant - and quantifiable -benefits.
Second, pre-pandemic, Americans spent, on average, 90% of our time indoors and 1/2 to 1/3 of their waking hours in office spaces. Yet, we put minimal, if any, thought into how these spaces impact our health and wellness - there is so much opportunity to do better. And, many of the "healthy building" strategies that support better indoor spaces also align with broader equity, diversity and inclusion work. We will show you how!
Third, we know the world has changed, and in this course we will outline strategies that law firm leaders can use to encourage employees to return to the office. The bottom line: clearly demonstrate to your employees that you value their health and wellness, by providing an office space that reflects those values. And, we also included a bonus module that describes how health and wellness strategies can align with your clients' broader Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.
Sound too good to be true? It's not, and the reality is, it's not that hard to create the types of spaces that employees are asking for.