John F. Hollway
It’s Not the Number of Hours We’re Billing or the Number of Hours We’re Working; It’s the Way We Feel About How We Spend Those Hours That Matters
Working long hours, tracking those hours and feeling that we have to grind all year to hit a specific number of hours to meet a profitability target can make us feel like fungible, dehumanized automatons rather than highly trained providers of specific and thoughtful solutions to complex legal challenges.
Newly minted partners offered up some usual complaints on this year’s New Partners Survey, lamenting unexpectedly low compensation, opaque performance metrics and copious administrative work. But new anxieties have arisen among Big Law’s latest partner class, including the threat of a recession and growing concerns about mental health.
Forty firms out of the Am Law 200 offered details on the steps they’re taking to improve mental health and wellness among attorneys and staff.
Kimberly Rice and Damien Smith
The daily demands and vast portfolio responsibilities of a legal marketer are weighty and, in too many instances, never ending. The highly charged, rigorous, deadline-driven culture of “more is more” stands in drastic contrast to a well-balanced body-mind-spirit experience.
Brenda L. Thompson
Dealing With a Job Loss
The chances are that many of us will either be terminated or laid off from at some point in our careers. It happens. How you deal with the loss of a job and get back on your feet as quickly as possible is what’s important.
Designing Your Week
More than ever before, law firms are recognizing the importance of work-life balance for their employees, offering benefits such as flexible work schedules and working remotely. The acknowledgement itself is important, but unfortunately, it does not guarantee the balance we hope to achieve, especially for younger marketing and business development professionals looking to advance in their careers.