ACC Australia poll flags in-house ‘burnout’


The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia published its third member flash poll related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with results showing in-house counsel in the country are feeling considerable strain since the pandemic locked them down.

The focus of the poll was mental wellness and the work habits of more than 450 in-house lawyers were explored during the past three months.

Between 40% and 50% of respondents reported feeling tired or low energy, experiencing anxiety, with trouble sleeping or concentrating as a result of the pandemic; 30.3% rated their level of burnout as “high” or “very high”.

The survey found that 88.3% of in-house lawyers are currently working from home, while just under 10% have seen pay cuts, furloughs or dismissal due to budget cuts. Of those working remotely, 53.4% are working longer hours than before.

On the positive side, 83.3% of respondents rated their overall emotional state as “somewhat good”, “very good”, or “extremely good”. A similar number, 84.2%, expressed positive feelings for their work and company.

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