SCCA discusses wellbeing within the office | Journal of Asian Enterprise Law
TThe Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) is holding its first series of discussions to promote better wellbeing in the workplace and combat unnecessary sources of stress, especially when lawyers struggle with long hours in business and transactions.
The event on June 22nd with the title “Talking about the Mindful Business Charter and the Legal Community” is open to all external and internal lawyers. The discussion on Zoom will cover ways to improve wellbeing. Panellists include: Richard Martin, a consultant for Byrne.Dean consultancy on workplace behavior in London; Susan De Silva, founder of the professional training and coaching consultancy Silva Coach in Singapore; Antony Lim, General Counsel at HSBC Singapore; and Wong Taur-jiun, Head of Legal and Compliance at Rabobank Singapore, past president and one of the founding members of SCCA.
“We will raise awareness of issues and further improve understanding of the Mindful Business Charter,” said Mel Nirmala, executive director of SCCA, the Asia Business Law Journal.
“The charter is bold and commercial. It recognizes that we cannot eliminate all sources of stress and that changes will not happen overnight, but as a business world we have a responsibility to try to do things differently. “
Discussions will provide participants with tips on creating a plan of action around mindfulness techniques for wellbeing 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 achieve a shared agenda in support of mental health and wellbeing. The charter was launched in 2018 and currently has 80 signatories, including multinational corporations, regional banks and law firms.
All of the signatories are committed to a set of principles aimed at improving communication, observance of quiet times, and considerate delegation of duties. Adherence to these principles is monitored in meetings to review relationships.
The four pillars identified in the charter to help teams reduce unnecessary stress are: openness and respect; intelligent meetings and emails; Observance of rest periods; and mindful delegation.