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In-House Counsel Need Leaders Who Value Their Mental Health – Above the Law

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If you want people to take care of themselves and you’re not taking care of yourself, then they’re going to be afraid to. You can’t tell people, ‘Take your vacation, turn your phone off, you don’t have to be here every day of the week’ if you’re doing all those things. They’re going to feel like they have to do all those things.

— Sarena Straus, general counsel and chief of compliance at Virtual Incentives, a digital-rewards platform, in comments given during a panel titled “The Great Reflection: Burnout & The Growing Demands on In-House Counsel” at the General Counsel Conference East. “People really need to know that it is OK to step aside, take care of what they need [and] take a vacation,” Straus added.


Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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