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Tips For Keeping Your Law Firm Employees Happy

Tips For Keeping Your Law Firm Employees Happy

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The success of your law firm is very much related to your employees’ happiness. While many small business owners spend a lot of time instilling policies and practices that help track their employees’ time and productivity, many neglect to measure employee happiness as an important metric for their business’ performance. Running a law firm, your lawyers and other personnel are your business’ most important asset. They help bring in clients, keep them happy and win cases. Every employee in your firm plays a role in the overall success of your firm. If any of these employees are not happy in their job however, their performance and that of the entire firm will be negatively affected. There are numerous studies that indicate how large the effect employee happiness has on the success of a business, especially one that relies on the performance of knowledge workers. Below are a few tips that can help keep your employees happy and performing well, while making your firm a better place to work.

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Empower Your Employees

Many lawyers who run their own small firm have a tendency to try to control everything that goes on, micro-managing the tiniest details of their employees’ work. Not only will this type of behavior suck up your valuable time, but it will also have a negative effect on your employees’ happiness and performance. Give your employees some ownership over their tasks. You can guide them at the beginning (especially if they have to perform tasks they’ve never done) and enquire about the status of certain tasks, but don’t try to micro-manage everything they do all the time. If an employee feels that the work they do is their own and has an actual impact on the success of the firm, they will feel much more proud of their work and consequently enjoy it more. This will lead to better individual and eventually firm performance. Even something as simple as letting your employees design their own workspaces in the office can improve your employee’s performance (by up to 32% one study shows).

Create an Immediate Feedback Culture

Giving and asking for feedback is very important in any business. Employees want to know how they are performing on their tasks, but they want to know it now, not at the end of the year. That way they can immediately adjust when any of their work is lacking quality or missing the right focus. The management of the firm also needs to be open to feedback. Implement an informal weekly or bi-weekly feedback session so any issues can be addressed promptly.

Help Keep Your Employees Healthy

Health is very important for employee happiness and performance. If your employees are not healthy, they’ll more often have to skip work due to illness and are more likely to be unhappy. You want to encourage your employees not to work extremely long hours every day. While you may believe that having employees that often work late is good for your firm, in the long term this can actually decrease overall productivity and lead to burned-out lawyers and other employees. Create a culture where it’s ok to leave the office early sometimes. Also encourage exercise and healthy eating, for example by giving your employees free gym memberships and providing fruit at the office.

Make sure to ask your employees what they believe is important to keep them happy at the firm and use this to instill new employee happiness policies.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Alamo Injury Attorneys, a personal injury law firm in San Antonio, Texas. Zane thinks it would be too easy to overwork employees in a law firm.



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Company Parties: 4 Ways to NOT Become a Liability

Company Parties: 4 Ways to NOT Become a Liability

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Company Parties: 4 Ways to NOT Become a Liability

The holiday season is filled with many celebrations, including those given by your employer. These company celebrations are often elaborate gatherings filled with food and alcohol. While employees are expected to attend, it is very important that you do not make yourself a liability to the company while in attendance.

It is easy to assume that you may want to have a drink or two when you attend an employer’s party. Alcohol, however, can lead to some types of behaviors that may place you and your company in an awkward position. Avoid the following situations to protect yourself, your reputation, and your company.

1) Sexual Harassment – Many people are prone to be more expressive with their feelings when they have been drinking. However, sexual harassment still applies even at a holiday gathering. You may think that your actions are appropriate at the time, only to find yourself in the HR department Monday receiving your pink slip.

Becoming amorous towards a fellow employee could also result in many other problems within the office setting, even if they do not report you for sexual harassment. It is always better to avoid this type of situation at all costs.

2) Divulging Secrets – You may have a lot of information about your company, its projects, or the employees that should never go any further than you thoughts. Alcohol, however, often loosens lips and people begin to talk about things that they have no right to divulge.

You can become a true liability in the form of lost revenue if a project is disclosed, or for slander if gossip is started, if you begin to talk too much when you have been drinking.

3) Sharing Opinions – May people also find that they become braver when they have had a few drinks. If you find that you are one to tell people your opinion after you have been drinking, it may be advisable to avoid the bar at the party. Telling off employees or management can lead to problems on your very next work day.

4) DUI – If you leave the party with too much to drink and cause an accident, your employer can also be held responsible for the damages you have caused by allowing you to leave the party intoxicated.Known as the barkeepers law in Orlando, people who serve alcohol and allow intoxicated drivers to leave are liable for their actions.

Countless drivers have found themselves in this unfortunate situation and have had to consult with defense attorneys like Katz & Phillips, P.A. to help sort through the matter successfully.  If you do not cause an accident and are just arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), your employer will not be held liable, but it will reflect poorly on your job.

The best thing that you can do when you attend an company sponsored party is remain on your best behavior all evening and opt for soda instead of alcohol. If you do want an alcohol based drink, make sure that you make it last and stretch out the times between each serving.

The holidays are about celebrating and having a good time, they are not about jeopardizing your job and causing harm to yourself and your employer.

Jamica Bell is a blogger with a background in Human Resource management. She contributes this article to highlight the importance of mindful behavior at company parties. During her research, she found the blog of Katz & Phillips, P.A. to be a great resource for exploring the consequences of DUI’s, especially after corporate gatherings.



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4 Ways To Reclaim Your Management “Mojo”

4 Ways To Reclaim Your Management “Mojo”

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4 Ways To Reclaim Your Management “Mojo”

It can be difficult to retain a solid following in a business, especially when the economy is extremely unsteady. However, once the job market starts to pick up again, you may worry about your employees packing it in for greener pastures. A life coach can help you regain their trust with a team building campaign that acknowledges the pain and difficulties of the past, while focusing on what lies ahead. A future vision, team events and reward programs are other important ways for management to get their “mojo” back again.

1. Promote Your Vision

Employees want to know that they’ll have a job in the future with room for advancement. A business owner can develop a plan to promote the company’s vision and what it can mean for the employees who have ridden out the storm together. A company that promotes from within will give their employees something toward which to work. This vision should also showcase what the business leaders have in store for the months ahead and how they plan to achieve that success.

2. Life Coaching

Life coaching is instrumental in work, career management and personal relationships. It’s also a great way for a business owner to map out a plan to re-build a solid foundation for the company. Having a mission statement and structuring guidelines in place to keep everyone happy can build a loyal employee base.

A coach can also develop ideas for workshops to gain better success from each individual employee, have family parties outside of the work place to build a personal relationships, and construct a plan for achieving optimum success in their future endeavors. As expressed by an expert Noomii life coach, “Executive coaching is similar to sports coaching for high performance athletes. The role of the coach is to expose blind spots and challenge the executive to achieve greater levels of success.”

3. Team Events

Team events that promote camaraderie and togetherness can earn an employee’s trust in a business. This includes functions outside of the normal work day, vacations that reward employees for success and team building activities that earn the trust and loyalty of your staff members, after it’s been broken or burned. Getting together beyond the normal business day can give employees the chance to delve deeper into what makes each one of them tick. It’s also a great way for a manager or owner to show that they care about the health and well-being of each of their employees, and that they appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into their jobs.

4. Goal Incentives

Every business should have employee goal incentives in place to continuously give their workers something to strive for. Whether it’s tickets to a sporting venue for a month of high sales, vacation packages to those who have reached the ultimate quarterly goals, or monthly luncheons for a job well done, reward systems are a great way to show your appreciation.

The climate for most businesses over the past few years has looked unsettling, especially as companies continue to dig their way back from the recession. Some may have had to forego bonuses, raises and cutbacks just to survive. The above tips are surefire ways to earn trust back and keep the best employees from leaving for better opportunities.

Nadine Swayne offers this information for the executive trying to breathe new life into their employees’ morale. Business owners who are looking for alternative ways to enliven their staff may consider hiring a Noomii life coach to help rebuild their team. They have an online directory with hundreds of business coaches in your area that can help with your company’s visions for the future.

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