One of Britain’s most prestigious law firms is letting lawyers bring their dogs to work to reduce stress: report

Pet-friendly office policies are a way for companies to help employee wellbeing and attract talent.

Law firm Slaughter and May will let lawyers bring their dogs to work, The Telegraph reported.
Law firms in the UK are finding new ways to attract and retain talent as competition heats up.
Companies like Amazon and Google already have pet-friendly policies to boost employee wellbeing.

One of London’s oldest and most prestigious law firm is letting lawyers bring their dogs to work amid an increasingly ferocious war for top legal talent.

Slaughter and May will start letting its lawyers bring their dogs to the office, The Telegraph newspaper reported. 

The “magic circle” firm, a term that refers to the capital’s five most famous law firms, will trial the new policy by allowing dogs at work once a month, according to the report.

Deborah Finkler, the new managing partner of the firm that was founded in 1889, told The Telegraph: “The benefits of all animals and especially dogs to mental health, morale and alleviating stress are widely recognised and I also hope that the trial makes for a fun and sociable day.

Dogs will not be allowed in the canteen, meeting rooms or breakout areas, staff were told. 

The move comes as a number of law firms are forced to find new ways to attract and retain top legal talent.

A survey of law firms shows that the talent pool is shrinking and firms could face a bidding war for fee-earners, a report by MHA, a national association of accounting and business advisory companies, has found.

As a way to increase staff engagement and retention in a competitive landscape, firms are striving to improve staff wellbeing, the report says, and that competition for staff will escalate this year.

A number of big US companies such as Amazon and …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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