People are a law firm's most essential and valuable resource, but practicing law can be a high-pressure profession. That's why we're committed to protecting the well-being of our attorneys and staff at Womble Bond Dickinson. 

We recognize well-being as critical to client outcomes, the firm's success, and, most importantly, our employees' quality of life.

The WBD Well-Being Program

We created the WBD Well-Being Program to provide firm employees with programming and resources focused on holistic well-being, which involves more than just your physical health. Several teams and individuals have partnered to ensure the program's success. For example, our Benefits team has built a range of holistic well-being offerings, including an Employee Assistance Program and financial well-being platform, while our Diversity & Development team has established our affinity groups and provides opportunities to earn well-being related continuing legal education (CLE) credits.

In support of the program, individuals have taken on the roles of Well-Being Ambassadors and Mental Health First Aiders and have been equipped with the skills and resources to support the well-being of our firm.

“Cultivating well-being is paramount in any organization. Honoring and facilitating well-being creates space to thrive, not just survive. Thriving is where we should aim to be – it’s where we level up as people, as families, as work-families, as communities and in business.”

Nicola Cannon, Well-Being Ambassador

7 Well-Being Ambassadors, 19 Mental Health First Aiders, 89 Participants in Our January Mileage Challenge

Our Commitment to Well-Being: Walking the Walk

Since 2021, Womble Bond Dickinson has been a proud pledge member of the American Bar Association's Well-Being Pledge Campaign. The campaign focuses on improving the substance use and mental health landscape of the legal profession, with an emphasis on helping law firms, corporate entities, government agencies and legal aid organizations support healthy work environments. By making this pledge, we (a) recognize that substance use and mental health problems represent a significant challenge for the legal profession and acknowledge that more can and should be done to improve the health and well-being of lawyers; and (b) pledge to support the campaign and work to adopt and prioritize its seven-point framework for building a better future.

American Bar Association's Well-Being Pledge Campaign

We are also honored to participate in the annual Well-Being Week in Law event hosted by the Institute for Well-Being in Law. Our participation involves promoting the Institute for Well-Being in Law’s events as well as hosting our own events. Many of our events are led by Womble Bond Dickinson team members, including self-defense seminars and mindfulness sessions.

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In addition to our external involvement, we host a range of additional internal programming and resources including the following:

  • Monthly emails outlining well-being events and related on-demand resources
  • Internal hub that hosts holistic well-being resources recommended by our team, offered by internal partners and shared by respected external resources
  • Calendar of events that aligns with our Employee Assistance Program’s well-being areas of focus
  • Video library of historical well-being events including affinity group information sessions, stress management resources, and meditation tips  
  • Annual events such as the Womble Day of Service