Press release

Gateley signs up to the Mindful Business Charter

Legal and professional services group, Gateley, has pledged its commitment to the Mindful Business Charter to foster better working practices for mental health and wellbeing.

Gateley joins a wide range of businesses around the world in signing the Mindful Business Charter to address the avoidable stresses in working practices and to promote healthier and more effective ways of working. The Charter brings organisations and their service providers together to reach a shared agenda for mental health and wellbeing.

At an event to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Gateley committed to abide by a set of principles centred on openness and respect for each other, improved communication, respect for working hours and considerate delegation of tasks.

In the midst of all of the upheaval and change brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mindful Business Charter continues to provide organisations and individuals with the framework, permission and challenge to dare to be different and to work together across the business community to rehumanise the workplace. Its focus on creating an open and respectful culture and dialogue seeks to ensure that whatever the  broader context in which we are being required to work, how we work and how we interact with each other should be thoughtful, mindful, and shaped as far as possible to eliminate unnecessary stress so that we can work both more effectively and more healthily – so that we can all thrive. 

The MBC has the support of mental health charity Mind, the City Mental Health Alliance, the International Bar Association, the Law Societies of England and Wales and of Scotland and Singapore, LawCare and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Further information on the Mindful Business Charter can be found at www.mindfulbusinesscharter.com.

Mary Peterson, chair of the MBC trustees, said: "The last 12 months have been challenging for many businesses, with employees grappling with a new concept of 'living at work' and a lack of boundaries. As such, the MBC, with its focus on reducing avoidable stress and helping to maintain boundaries to promote better wellbeing, is more relevant than ever. In that context it is laudable that Gateley has demonstrated its public commitment to healthier working practices and positive change by joining our growing group of signatories;

Rod Waldie, CEO of Gateley, said: “We are delighted to have signed up to the Mindful Business Charter. As a people business, the mental health and wellbeing of our colleagues is a key priority, especially given the significant changes that have been forced upon us all as a result of the pandemic. As we continue to develop and refine our agile working strategy, which embraces what is likely to be a permanent shift in working patterns, we want to demonstrate our commitment to making sure our workplaces thrive by not putting unreasonable pressures on our people.

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