Katten offers programs to improve the well-being of legal professionals

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“The worsening crises of the past two years have acted as an accelerator of behavioral health issues that were already too prevalent in our profession. Taking care of your physical and mental health at this time is imperative,” the Katten CEO said. Noah Heller. “We want to offer helpful resources, recognizing that some of us may struggle at times, because we know that when we’re doing well, we perform better, which allows us to better serve our customers.”

Aligned with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Legal Wellness Week, held May 2-6, aims to raise mental health awareness and encourage action and innovation in the entire profession to improve well-being. Each day of the week will focus on a different aspect of well-being: physical, spiritual, professional and intellectual, social and emotional.

Katten, Inaugural Founding Champion of the Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL), will host two webinars:

  • “Taking Back Control – Steps You Can Take to Reduce Stress, Isolation and Burnout” on May 2nd with guest speaker Erica Griggdirector of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program.
  • “Social well-being: how doing good helps you stay healthy” on May 5 with a panel of Katten lawyers and professionals, including Jonathan BaumSenior Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Services, and Janet Goelz Hoffmannlead counsel and pro bono counsel.

In addition, business leaders plan to share the programs offered by IWIL and distribute via email daily “learning bursts”, a variety of articles, videos and activities that support different aspects of good. -be.

Since social connections are an essential part of well-being, especially in a hybrid work environment, Katten employees were also encouraged to invite a colleague to join them for coffee, lunch or a walk-and-talk. in person or virtually with the aim of creating a new social bond.

Wellness in Law Week follows the April launch of KattenFlex, the firm’s return-to-work plan, which offers Katten lawyers and professionals the flexibility to work with their chiefs of staff and department to decide when working in the office or remotely.

Earlier this month, business leaders announced the creation of an annual welfare allowance of up to $500 for Katten team members to access resources, such as fitness memberships, gym equipment, mediation apps, nutritionist sessions, as well as books and supplies for relaxing hobbies.

Such programs complement the company’s year-round wellness offerings under the Katten Well-Being 360: Live Well, Work Well, Be Well initiative. Previous sessions have included strategies focused on reducing and managing stress and anxiety, prioritizing self-care, and adopting a healthy lifestyle, among others.

Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 attorneys across United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for advice locally, nationally and internationally. The firm’s main practice areas include corporate, financial markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning, private credit and private wealth. Katten represents public and private companies in many sectors, as well as a number of governmental and non-profit organizations and individuals.
For more information, visit katten.com.

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