Mattos Filho’s growth
Mattos Filho’s position at the forefront of the Brazilian market can be mainly credited to our human capital. Our teams’ dedication and commitment drive our growth while giving professionals the chance to evolve along with the firm. The firm’s people management model promotes open dialogue for each professional’s needs – a collaborative exercise that guides our actions and proves that working together allows us to go further.
In 2021, we carried out a series of initiatives directed at our professionals’ development, health, and well-being. Conecta, our new hybrid work model based on flexibility, efficiency, and connection, was one of the main actions.
With the Covid-19 pandemic bringing about a variety of changes and new needs, Mattos Filho was driven to look at change as a starting point for rethinking industry standards. Conecta aims to improve our professionals’ experience with even more human-centered management, respecting individual needs without diminishing our collective strength. It serves to increasingly reduce the impact of physical distance, optimizing our clients’ time (and our own) while strengthening our relationships.
"Conecta represents an evolution of our work culture, combining the principles of well-being and high performance. Its greatest legacy is that it shows we are aligned with professional and market demands for the coming years, as it places our people and their quest to realize their full potential at the center of what we do. We wish to continue creating connections that promote efficiency and allow for better adaptation to new situations. Importantly, clients are among the first to reap the benefits of this culture"
Eduardo Damião GonçalvesPartner
“Our thinking was rooted in the knowledge that things could not remain exactly the same as before; we had to come back differently, but without losing our essence and reason for existing.
Our physical spaces are spaces for making connections. Meeting face-to-face is important, but so is online. More than ever, flexibility is one of the most valued skills globally, as are people who adapt to new situations, who are less set in their ways. Flexibility is here to stay, and as such, we now offer more options for connecting professionals and clients”
Renata Maiorino Director of Human Development
Conecta provides a flexible way of combining face-to-face and remote work, but it also goes much further.
It encourages inclusion, empathy, generosity, collaboration, and exchanging ideas. It allows us to reflect on what we learn, correct the course when necessary and reinforce what works.
Renata Maiorino, our director of Human Development, added that professionals from different areas and positions were consulted during the program’s design.
Flexible connections for long-lasting ties
Conecta establishes connections between well-being and productivity while focusing on the needs of individuals. Even though the pandemic delayed our return to the office, 2021 saw several initiatives to ensure comfort, and improve technology and adaptation to the hybrid work model.
Implementing Conecta involved applying the smart office concept to our physical spaces, together with other improvements that favored integration and collaboration – valuing open spaces and welcoming environments. Our new work model introduces modern features to meeting rooms, which can now be booked via an app when professionals work at the office. This means that seating is now shared, and workstations can be used by other professionals from one day to the next.
"Conecta is an ongoing process involving responsible experimentation, whose success is only possible with everyone's commitment. It's a program open to changes, and is constantly refined to identify an ideal format for all. Valuing our professionals' experience here is fundamental to retaining talent, promoting well-being, and creating a pleasant work environment"
Patricia Soares Manager of Corporate Education and Organizational Development
High performance and well-being go hand in hand
Learn more about some of Conecta’s main initiatives:
Hybrid work is now institutionalized at the firm – three days a week at the office and two working from home, with everything professionals need to ensure their comfort, well-being, safety, and efficiency for the best possible experience.
Plans for creating new shared spaces, lounges, open floors, integrated areas, coffee spaces, private rooms for calls, individual lockers, rotating workstations, and new equipment in meeting rooms, among many other features.
Policies for short Fridays in January and July, and days off in months without public holidays and professionals' birthdays.
A more casual form of attire is allowed at the office – while still maintaining Mattos Filho's formal tone, clothing can be adapted to fit each situation and work environment.
Encourages exchanges and conversations on different subjects that allow professionals to unwind.
An initiative to improve work-life balance, with guidelines to avoid internal meetings on Fridays and sending emails outside working hours.
A remote work toolkit with a notebook and headset, as well as new digital tools in our meeting rooms for hybrid meetings, signing digital documents, and a digital library with access to more than 4,000 books, among others.
We assist with professionals' home office internet expenses and reimburse for certain upgrades to facilitate remote work.
Our way of developing people
10 years of Academia Mattos Filho
We have always offered ways for our people to reach their full potential, learn more about themselves and find satisfaction by taking charge of their careers. One of the main initiatives in this regard is Academia Mattos Filho, which completed its tenth anniversary in 2021. Through customized training programs, discussions and experiences, the firm’s Corporate Education area works to develop a high-performance team and promote three essential aspects of the firm’s work – institutional culture, technical improvement and connections between professionals.
"Academia Mattos Filho is a powerful tool for disseminating legal knowledge and interpersonal skills – but its most important role is to establish connections and strengthen bonds between people, allowing them to interact and lead their areas of specialization. Academia Mattos Filho provides an environment for constant interaction, contributing to the individual development of each professional at the firm"
Rodrigo Figueiredo NascimentoPartner
The Corporate Education area contributes to the development of professionals as a whole, enabling them to discover and improve personal skills that help our team produce outstanding results. Certain training sessions address characteristics that define how we relate to each other, make decisions and influence people on a daily basis. Learn more about the main legal and soft skills training initiatives we conducted for our professionals in 2021:
Making Partner Program
Prepares senior lawyers for entering the firm’s partnership, covering topics such as networking, people and business management.
Making Lawyer Program
Interns and trainees in the legal area learn about topics such as emotional intelligence, networking, communication and feedback, as well as how to identify their strengths.
An education program aimed at interns, which focuses on developing a critical and in-depth look at concepts and reference texts in law, in addition to sharing the best practices for carrying out legal research.
FGV Business School
2021 saw the second group of senior lawyers from the firm take part in this initiative. In partnership with Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), the program lasts 18 months and covers 11 subjects on people management, business strategy and client service.
Aimed at the firm’s administrative professionals and interns, this initiative deals with leadership, communication, time management and innovation, covering legal knowledge and soft skills.
High performance and caring for individuals
In 2021, the firm started the Programa de Jornada Transformacional (Transformational Journey Program). A consultancy specializing in business psychology carried out a comprehensive diagnostic analysis of the firm to understand the specific characteristics of each practice area regarding people management. Based on the initial results and insights obtained from professionals, partners and the managers of our Human Development area, it was possible to establish actions and new models to further improve our human-centered management for 2022 and the coming years.
Moreover, the firm also established a pilot mentoring program. Initially aimed at professionals in the legal area, it has allowed partners and associates to strengthen their ties and have more transparent and objective conversations about their careers.
“Three points are essential for achieving human-centered management: first, a focus on people. Second, decision-making should be as horizontal as possible. Third, a psychologically safe environment needs to be created, so everyone can be sure that their opinion will be heard and respected”
Thiago Moreira Partner
As such, we have opened several channels and opportunities for professionals to participate, meet, collaborate, practice active listening, and be autonomous. However, we believe it is not enough to just invite people – they have to feel comfortable contributing and integrating.
“By giving others a voice, you bring professionals together. Integration requires a level of transparency. You instigate a sense of belonging by sharing information, which makes a real difference. It also creates a bond. People trust that decisions will be made collectively and that they will be consulted when important decisions need to be made”
Nicole Moreira Partner
"When we talk about law firm management, I think a lot about empathy and understanding the other. We want to provide a diverse environment, and to create this, we have to be able to explore each individual's potential with an approach that suits their profile"
Gabriela Lemos Partner
Mind: an integral, integrated view of the individual
Created before the pandemic in 2019, our Mind program already demonstrated the importance of mental health to Mattos Filho. One of the first permanent programs of its kind in the Brazilian legal sector, it seeks to break down taboos and normalize dialogue in the corporate environment on depression, anxiety and burnout.
Mattos Filho’s Human Development area monitors professionals undergoing treatment, ensuring that they have the appropriate care for each case and that the firm’s healthcare insurance covers their medical needs.
In 2021, the program took on several new initiatives, including Diálogos Mind (Mind Dialogues) and monthly meetings to talk about healthier and more balanced lifestyle habits. The program now also includes guided meditation sessions, online psychological counseling, and individual follow-ups, among other activities. Mind’s initiatives value self-care and support individuals with issues that affect them personally and professionally, taking a welcoming, respectful approach.