Health and Wellbeing

Life, Family and Relationships

Life, Family and Relationships

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“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” – Plato

Building worthwhile relationships with family, friends and work colleagues usually requires time, commitment and communication. The rewards for these efforts are self-evident and numerous; solid relationships are the foundation for a more contented, less stressful life.

A little planning or self-evaluation can go a long way when life throws up a potential problem. It is important to remain positive when you encounter one of these roadblocks. Maybe you’ve recently suffered a family bereavement, or have come to the end of a long-term relationship. If you’re doing it tough, try to focus on solutions to help you move forward. Start simple and take small steps to help make the changes you want in your life.

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Living Healthy

Living Healthy

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“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F Kennedy

Our lifestyles have a direct impact on our health and wellbeing, whether mental or physical. If we fail to look after our bodies, this can translate itself to sluggishness in our cognitive faculties or a lack of physical stamina.

Getting regular exercise is important, but exercise doesn’t have to mean training for a triathlon. It is important that – despite our busy lifestyles and extensive work commitments – we devote time to physical activity, even if it’s just a small amount, in order to refresh our bodies and minds.

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Financial Wellbeing

Financial Wellbeing

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“The greatest wealth is health.” – Virgil

Without a family budget or a financial plan it can be difficult to know where your money is going every month. To make smart spending choices, planning is vital and there are a range of financial tools that can assist in the process.

Whether you are thinking of purchasing a new home or preparing for the transition from full-time work to retirement, it is important to have a financial plan for these major life events.

Work and Career

Work and Career

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“If you don’t design your life, then someone else may just design it for you, and you may not like their idea of balance.” – Nigel Marsh

Legal practitioners often lead busy, stressful lives, dominated by extensive working hours and sometimes demanding clients. It is therefore important to balance your work and career with your commitments to family and friends, as well as making sure you look after yourself.

Some stress can be a motivating factor and assist in performing under pressure; too much stress however can be physically and mentally debilitating. It is therefore highly important to utilise strategies to manage stress in the work environment.

One way to do this is to hone your time management abilities. Good time management leads to better use of your time, leaving you feeling less pressured.

Flexible Work Protocols

The Law Society is committed to encouraging successful flexible workplace protocols amongst law practices.

In 2011, with the approval of Victorian Women Lawyers (VWL), the Law Society had adopted the VWL’s Flexible Work Proposal/Business Case and Individual Flexible Work Plan as the Law Society’s Flexible Work Protocols.

On 22 September 2015 the Law Society of Western Australia resolved to adopt the VWL’s 2015 Flexible Work Protocols: A best practice guide for productive and engaged legal workplaces (2015 Flexible Work Protocols).

The VWL’s 2015 Flexible Work Protocols was launched on 13 April 2015. In a media release, Ms Kirsten Adams, VWL Convenor, said the most recent impetus for the development of the 2015 Flexible Work Protocols was the 2014 report of the Law Council of Australia’s National Attrition and Re-engagement Study which examined the experience of about 4,000 women lawyers nationally.

The Law Society acknowledges the outstanding work of the VWL in the preparation of the 2015 Flexible Work Protocols and thanks the VWL for permission to adopt them as the Law Society’s Flexible Work Protocols.

It is acknowledged by the Law Society that the 2015 Flexible Work Protocols may not be suitable for every law practice. However, members are encouraged to either follow or adapt this very useful tool, as applicable.