How Maddocks has partnered with Circle In to design a holistic approach to wellbeing
Maddocks is a law firm committed to making a difference for its clients and the communities in which it operates. It is known for its collaborative approach and high service standards, and for being accessible, transparent and responsive to its clients’ commercial needs.
A review of wellbeing initiatives identified opportunities for improving how Maddocks structured its health and wellbeing program. As part of this process, it wanted to align more closely to the changing regulatory landscape and provide an integrated approach to health, safety and wellbeing.
People are the greatest asset at Maddocks, so it partnered with Circle In to support its people to thrive and reach their full potential. Our partnership sits within their Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which has three objectives:
- Help its people to be and stay well.
- Provide an environment where its people can thrive and reach their full potential.
- Provide support and a safe environment to people experiencing illness and injury.
Among a suite of best-in-class initiatives, this holistic health and wellbeing program includes a Wellbeing Week with sessions on mental, physical and financial health and regular webinars on topics such as positive habits for wellbeing. Support for parents and carers also includes access to the Birth Beat program — an online prenatal course designed by an experienced midwife.
Part of this commitment to improving employee wellbeing has also been to embed strong gender inclusion initiatives, including Circle In, which is used to promote and improve gender diversity and inclusion.
1. Engagement survey results showed positive responses to leading indicators of health and wellbeing, including:
- I am able to be myself at work (85% positive); and
- I have a sense of belonging at Maddocks (80% positive).
2. Maddocks hold a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation.
3. The number of female partners has increased from 18% in 2008 to 38% in 2023.
4. Over the past 5 years, there has been a 39% increase in men taking parental leave.
5. Men are taking more days of parental leave, with an average of 50 days in 2023 compared to 19 days 5 years ago.