At Morgan Lewis, our goal is to embed well-being and engagement into the fabric of our culture. We are committed to providing a variety of tools and resources to meet the unique needs of all individuals and empower everyone at our firm to thrive.
Morgan Lewis was one of the inaugural signatories to the American Bar Association’s Pledge on Lawyer Well-Being. Our senior leadership took that pledge seriously with various actions and new initiatives, including by creating ML Well, a comprehensive program and online portal of resources for all lawyers and professional staff, and establishing the new roles of Chief Engagement Officer and Director of Employee Well-Being, both novel positions within law firms.
ML Well is a unique, holistic approach to promoting thriving through intellectual, physical, emotional, and occupational well-being coupled with an underlying emphasis on engagement and community. Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to well-being, ML Well aims to enable our lawyers and professional staff to find what uniquely works best for them as individuals.
Part of the ML Well curriculum includes an online portal featuring cutting-edge research, events, and news related to positive psychology, as well as information on our firm's well-being-related policies and benefits. To ensure relevancy, the structure and content of the portal are customized to target resources and events to each employee based on practice group, department, and office location.
ML Well recognizes the unique stressors and challenges that come with working in a law firm setting. Using the science of positive psychology, ML Well takes an empirically based approach that promotes strategies and techniques backed by scientific research. This focus on well-being is not only the right thing for our lawyers and professional staff, it is also central to our ability to provide exceptional client service.
Partner Jennifer Breen interviewed author Cal Newport on how Morgan Lewis can adopt some of the principles set out in his latest book, “Digital Minimalism.” Cal shared with the Washington office how digital minimalism does not mean banishing technology, but rather optimizing it in a way that helps you achieve what is most important to you.