As a law firm, it’s important to provide excellent service to your clients. However, in order to do so, you must also ensure that your associates and junior partners are happy. Therefore, in order to provide high quality legal representation, all law firms should strive to create work environments that foster employee satisfaction and growth. Below are some tips on how to make your law firm a great place to work.
Millennials Share of the Workforce is Growing
Current estimates indicate that about one third of the US workforce is already comprised of millennials, and in response many industries including law firms should rethink traditional approaches to management and retention strategies. In the past, many attorneys who joined firms early in their career would stay for decades before moving to another firm. However, millennial attorneys are much more likely to switch jobs shortly after joining a firm, and have earned a reputation as "job-hoppers."
Not too long ago, privilege review was a tedious, thankless job. But thanks to recent developments in technology, its status has changed. Privilege review has grown more complex. As a result, the market is growing, and many sub-specialties are emerging.
Without visibility, a career as a contract eDiscovery attorney will quickly fizzle out. After all, no visibility means no clients, and no clients means there’s no money coming in.
As a contract attorney, you’re busy enough just keeping up with assignments without the complications created by demanding clients. Unfortunately, appeasing those demanding clients on a daily basis is part of completing tasks on time.
One of the hardest parts of being a contract attorney is keeping your calendar filled with work. Focusing on the day’s tasks and deadlines is hard enough without having to worry about what you have lined up for next week or even next month.
It’s not uncommon for lawyers to find themselves hitting a ceiling when it comes to professional growth. In fact, many find they have the same client load year after year. With such little variation, skills can stagnate and boredom can creep in.
As many people in the industry have learned the hard way, life in the legal profession isn’t all the glitz and glamor you see on TV. In fact, it can be downright dismal. It’s an unfortunate reality that lawyers have higher rates of substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.
Discovery is inherently a team sport. The document review attorney takes the lead on a project, but non-attorney participants like legal secretaries or IT professionals are just as involved and bound to the same rules. To add another layer to the process, online and mobile communication of all types — social media, texts, involvement on public forums — throws each person into a web of ethical gray areas: How much needs to be understood about the technology we’re dealing with? What is private and public information? To what rules are the attorney and non-attorney bound in the thick of a case requiring electronic discovery?