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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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Happy New Years! How to Ring in a Safe 2013

Happy New Years! How to Ring in a Safe 2013

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It’s countdown time again, and the biggest party of the year is almost here. This is the only celebration that rings out the old and promises a fresh start. The final days are flying off the calendar with reminders to make reservations, check with friends and make sure that your plans are perfect. You have so much to do, but think about including something special for this holiday. Add a few simple strategies that will keep you safe on the road this New Year’s Eve.

Celebrate With a Plan

While you’re getting ready for this exciting evening, think ahead. If you know that you’ll be driving, plan on taking it easy. Instead of a drink before you head out, have a small meal. It really will make a big difference when you enjoy that first cocktail, and your hostess will never know. Nibbling snacks and sipping water in between highballs are great strategies for staying sober. They work in any party setting from clubs to your best friend’s house. Remember that you’re not the only one on the road, so pace yourself. A few beers or a glass of wine will ring in your New Year with more clarity than the hard stuff. You’ll be safer on your way home, and you’ll share that with everyone else sharing the road.

Always Have a Backup

Now that you have a good plan, add another layer of safety. You don’t intend to overindulge, but being prepared can make the difference between a safe ride home or a DUI. You’ll be out with friends, so why not start with them? For instance, the information at injurylawyers.com agrees that a designated driver is your best strategy for a safe New Year’s Eve. Celebrating with the group is always fun and everybody watches out for each other. Take advantage of the safety in your numbers. If you’re flying solo, check local programs before you head out. Many communities have armies of volunteer drivers dedicated to getting you home safely. Keep the phone number of a local taxi service in your pocket; this is a backup plan that works all year long.

Navigate the Evening

The roads are always crowded on New Year’s Eve, and not everyone has your strategy for staying safe. Knowing this gives you another advantage. Before you leave the house, make sure that your car is ready for the drive. Check your turn signals and brake lights. Consider this a defensive move against folks who might otherwise miss your moves in traffic. Take your time and take it easy through intersections. If you find yourself behind a car that’s weaving all over the road, don’t try to pass. Slowing down might make you a few minutes late, but it can save you much more than time. Don’t forget to watch out for pedestrians. They’re enjoying the excitement too, and they might miss a step. Don’t let it happen in front of your car.

The holidays are a special time for joy and celebration, but the number of DUI accidents and arrests always spikes between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Public awareness campaigns help, but it’s up to you to take care of yourself and the people around you. Planning a safe New Year’s Eve does more than guarantee you the best night of the year. It guarantees that you’ll be around to celebrate for many more years to come.

Having celebrated many New Years Eve’s in Times Square, freelance writer Nadine Swayne offers this advice to safely ring in 2013!  The law offices of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene know that this is the biggest party night of the year and some might not be as responsible.   If you are injured in an accident due to an impaired driver, the help you’ll find at injurylawyers.com will offer the right representation to fight for your best interests.

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