SCCA discusses workplace well-being

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SCCA well-being

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) is holding its first series of discussions to promote better well-being in the workplace and tackle unnecessary sources of stress, especially when lawyers have to deal with long hours of work during deals and transactions.

The 22 June event, titled “In conversation about the Mindful Business Charter and the legal community”, is open for all external and in-house lawyers. The discussion via Zoom will cover pathways to address well-being, with panellists including: Richard Martin, an adviser with workplace behaviour consultancy Byrne.Dean in London; Susan De Silva, the founder of professional training and coaching consultancy the Silva Coach in Singapore; Antony Lim, a general counsel at HSBC Singapore; and Wong Taur-jiun, head of legal and compliance at Rabobank Singapore, and a past president and one of the founding members of the SCCA.

“We will be raising awareness of issues and further enhancing an understanding of the Mindful Business Charter,” Mel Nirmala, executive director of the SCCA, told Asia Business Law Journal.

“The charter is brave and commercial. It recognises that we cannot remove all sources of stress, nor will change happen overnight, but as a business community we have a responsibility to try to do things differently.”

Through conversation, attendees will get tips on building an action plan around well-being mindfulness techniques, and how they can be applied to lawyers.

The Mindful Business Charter was developed by multinational bank Barclays and international firms Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard to reach a shared agenda for supporting mental health and well-being. The charter was launched in 2018 and currently has 80 signatories comprising multinationals, regional banks and law firms.

All of the signatories have committed to a set of principles centred on improved communication, respect for rest periods, and considerate delegation of tasks. Performance against these principles will be monitored as part of relationship review meetings.

The four pillars cited in the charter to help teams reduce unnecessary stress are: openness and respect; smart meetings and emails; respecting rest periods; and mindful delegation.