Winter Is Coming: How Lawyers and Staff Are Dealing With COVID Fatigue and Stress
Labor and Employment Partner Sara Begley spoke with The Legal Intelligencer about how lawyers and staff are dealing with COVID-19 fatigue and stress as the winter months come into view. It’s been nearly eight months since the reality of the coronavirus pandemic set in, and law firms across the country have gotten used to social distancing and working remotely. But COVID fatigue is becoming more apparent, and it’s a top concern among law firm leaders.
Ms. Begley said, lawyers and staff with young children are facing increased pressure as they juggle work, child care and virtual school. “Law firm leaders and partners must recognize the pressure on working parents and associates and should affirmatively encourage lawyers to use the new flexibility in their life in a positive way, to be present and enjoy this additional family/personal time and to get outside and enjoy nature. Partners must take the lead by example by not emailing 24/7, not interfering with weekends, and stopping work at a reasonable hour,” she said.
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