How to Improve Staff Engagement in the Legal Industry

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    • 1. In a changing jobs market, disengaged employees and high staff turnover are major challenges in the legal industry. These problems, combined with new career aspirations and attitudes among legal staff, can leave firms struggling to retain their top talent. Luckily, help is at hand — we reveal the secrets behind staff engagement and keeping employees happy. Empowering performance § 2 Businesses spend over However, only 1 in 4 54% of high-potential S720m each year on legal professionals are workers are at risk of employee engagement. currently engaged at work. leaving their firms due to disengagement. Only 41% of global With law school Engaged workers are 50% workers feel valued by applications down 37% more likely to meet or their current employer. compared to 2010, the legal exceed expectations on talent pool is thinning. performance reviews than disengaged employees. The rules of engagement STEP 1 Open communication 9.1. I .9. employees report feeling disengaged because of their company’s inability to communicate honestly and openly. (Source: Dale Carnegie) Employees should feel able to talk to managers if they experience issues at work without fear of reprisal. Hold regular company meetings for all staff and establish an open-door policy * for discussions. STEP 2 Improve company culture Your firm should have a clear vision that Tip every employee understands and has a stake in. Ensure that every employee sees their role in the bigger picture through company workshops and internal communications. T T I "1 3 ' U .9-",1?" STEP3 Offer clear career paths Don’t prioritize your attorneys at the expense of others your support personnel play an equal role in ensuring the firm’s success. " ’ Provide your associates with an internal coaching scheme to help - / ,1 them identify career "' _ 't ‘l 1 goals. By mentoring employee achievement, firms can markedly improve retention and engagement. An unclear career ladder at the firm will only confuse employees, making them feel uncertain about their future. Have a transparent system of promotion and remain open to alternative career paths. STEP 4 lncentivize behavior Recognition award ‘ ' programs are a proven 8 4 0 method of improving fl) employee engagement at law firms. Match rewards to employee interests and company culture, whether they are gift cards, free lunches or even vacation days. of global staff feel that benefits and financial incentives would decide whether they stayed with their employer. (Source: KGWI) STEP 5 Prioritize employee wellbeing '89% of HR professionals believe that employee engagement is directly influenced by wellbeing. (Source: Virgin Pulse) Take a vested interest in your employees’ wellbeing by promoting an active lifestyle with sponsored gym memberships, recreational events and teambuilding. STEP 6 Encourage leadership Learn about your employees‘ day-to-day tasks and how they go about their work. Ask them which elements could be improved. Ask for your employees’ input when possible and encourage them to take ownership of their work. Take fl advantage of the skill sets of your C employees to add to the firm‘s successes. STEP 7 Praise good work Commend your Implementing a staff when they “plcase” and “thank succeed and do so YOU” P0593‘ for 31¢ publicly in front of C0mP3f1lr"5 3SS0Ci3lCS peers, partners and i5 3 0053955 even Clients. lITlpr0V'Cn1Cnt that mgans [h¢y’l] PTOVCH I0 b00St be more likely to P9169503 and produce consistently C0mP‘
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