Silence is Most Definitely Not Golden!
January 6, 2020
We spend most of our time with coworkers and peers who seem, by all outward appearances, to have everything in their life under control. However, what we do not see are their internal struggles with stress, depression, substance use, sexual harassment and other personal and professional matters. Unfortunately, in today's world, the list is endless, and people often suffer in silence. More unfortunate is that these struggles sometimes lead to suicide.
Look at the person near you in your office. Your attorneys and administrative staff seem OK, but are they really? Imagine how you would feel if you learned of a coworker’s internal struggle after it was too late to act. Now take these same questions outside of the office. Think about your family and friends.
The American Bar Association took action in 2018 by launching a campaign targeting substance use disorders and mental health issues among lawyers. The ABA reports “many of the nation’s largest firms have pledged to support the initiative and adopt its framework for improved well-being.”
We as administrators realize this issue goes far beyond the lawyers in our firm. We know that we must stop the “silence is golden” mentality and provide a safe place where all our employees know they do not have to suffer in silence. We can provide resources to our people and offer the help they need.
Join us in Salt Lake City, Utah, for ALA’s 2020 Annual Conference & Expo to see “Building a Kinder Kind of Law Firm,” an educational session from human capital consultant David Shar, SHRM-SCP, and “#Legals_Silent_Killers” from the team of Kathleen Pearson, SPHR, and Teresa J. Walker — a Chief HR Officer and a Chief Operating Officer Emeritus respectively. Also, join us for one of the General Sessions, “The Kevin Hines Story,” as told by Kevin himself and featuring his process for wellness, resilience and recovery. In these sessions, you will learn how to raise awareness, identify the signs, take a stand, create a plan and execute it.