As we all start planning for 2020, I’ll share what I’ve learned about building successful attorney well-being and law firm wellness programs. This is the first in a four-part series of blog posts covering the four keys to successful program.
1. Set Specific Goals
2. Develop a Plan to Meet Those Goals
3. Implement Your Plan
4. Evaluate Your Program
In this post will tackle the first key: goal setting.
The most common problem I see is that firms feel pressure to schedule programs, before taking time to consider what they are trying to accomplish.
So, take a deep breath, and ask yourself (or your well-being committee) the following questions.
What are the wellness goals our attorneys and staff are interested in?
What specific issues are we trying to address?
What are requirements of the American Bar Association Pledge?
Is there a specific event or issue we are responding to?
Not sure? No problem! Below is a list of the most common goals I see identified by employees, attorneys, and law firm administration.
· Increasing Physical Activity
· Improving Healthy Food Options
· Stress Management
· Improving Sleep Health
· Improving Social Connectedness
· Promoting Alcohol Awareness
Your firm may be interested in some or all of these, goals, but it is important to identify a goal so that you can put relevant and effective programs in place. (more info in future blog posts about relevant programming).
Tune in next week for Part 2: Developing A Plan…