Research into the legal profession (such as the 2009 Brain & Mind Institute Report, Courting the Blues) consistently shows high levels of distress and risk of depression in law students and lawyers, as compared to the rest of the population. The QLS Final Report on Work-Life Balance (2010) found that healthy work-life balance can predict a range of individual outcomes relevant to legal practices such as intention to remain in the legal profession, mental health and career satisfaction.
Therefore, the promotion of healthy work-life balance and coping mechanisms within the legal profession is essential. QLS encourages all legal practices to adopt flexible work policies and to provide a positive work culture for all staff.
For further information and resources please see:
- The Case for flexibility: a guide to implementing a flexible workplace
(This guide was developed by the Law Society of New South Wales and is reproduced here with thanks.)
- USC/QLS interim report on Work-life Balance research, 2009
- USC/QLS final report on Work-life Balance research, June 2010
(This report on work-life balance is produced by Barbara Haddon and Professor Andy Hede based on their research of Queensland Law Society members in 2008-09.)
- Gerry Neal/Griffith Law School, Summary of Doctoral Research, Unequal Partners? Women Solicitors’ experiences of workplace discrimination, flexibility and success in Queensland”, April 2009
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, Flexible working arrangements in Queensland 2010
- AHRC, It’s About Time: Women, Men, Work and Family (Final Paper 2007)
- Fair Work Ombudsman - Work & Family Best Practice Guide
- The Gender Trap: Flexible Work in Corporate Legal Practice
- QLS Wellbeing and Depression practice support page