Clifford Chance to roll out trainee stress programme

The world is a stressful place, what with an uncertain economy, Saharan smog and the fragility of all human endeavour.

And the workplace has pressures of its own, of course, which is why it’s undoubtedly a Good Thing that Clifford Chance has a programme designed to promote psychological well-being among its workforce.

It isn’t the first firm to look at the mental well-being of its worker bees. In the wake of the 2008 financial crash legacy Herbert Smith launched its own training scheme to help staff recognise the symptoms of stress and deal with mental illness while Hogan Lovells brought in its counselling service in-house earlier this year to make it accessible for lawyers and staff alike.

And yet, cynicism towards mental well-being remains prevalent, with many believing that stress goes hand-in-hand with a job in the law. One reader of www.thelawyer.com goes so far to suggest that stress shows a weakness that few lawyers can afford if they want to get on in their career.

What do you think? We’re taking a look at the sensitive issue and want to here your views through our short survey.

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