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Top 5 Attorney Do’s and Don’ts About Staff

How do you think your supervising attorneys would evaluate your work quality, attitude and productivity? Would they describe you and your work as: Excellent work, upbeat/can-do attitude, helpful to others, always productive Productive, good worker overall but productivity and attitude could stand some improvement and adjusting respectively Work quality is good enough, but a chronic […]

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Does Your Employee Evaluation System Need a Boost?

Too many law offices have sloppily put together employee evaluation systems. These mostly ineffective systems are typically used haphazardly, inconsistently and hurriedly. This means that they result in unfair and inaccurate results. Does it really matter in the big scheme of things? The answer is a resounding “Yes” if you want a steadily productive, loyal, […]

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Staff Meeting Success: Must Do & Definitely Don’t!

#1 “Must Do!” Hold regular, pre-planned and productive staff meetings. #1 “Definitely Don’t!” Without adequate preparation and the right facilitator to ensure employee meetings are productive, positive and efficient, don’t go there. I could stop writing now as the most critical points of my message are listed above.  A checklist is offered below, however, with […]

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Quick Attorney Self-Audit: Supervising Staff

Most of us are pretty good at judging others…actually we’re downright expert at doing so IF we’re being brutally honest that is…..whether inwardly or out loud to others, we judge others’ looks, their work habits, their personalities, their decisions and the list goes on.  What is not so easy to do, however, is to look […]

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Quick Self-Audit: What Kind of Employee Are You?

1.  Looking back over the past 12 months, what contributions have you made to your workplace that are not in your job description (e.g. cost-saving ideas, helping co-workers in need of an extra hand without being asked)? 2. Do you make an excessive number of personal calls during the workday?  What about personal emails? 3.  […]

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Enhancing & Maintaining the Value of Paralegals

How can paralegals maintain their profession’s highly valued niche within the legal system? How do paralegals enhance their individual value to law firms and legal departments? What behaviors decrease their value? How can paralegals collectively enhance their profession for those following in their footsteps? How Can Paralegals as a Profession Maintain Their Highly Valued Niche […]

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Personnel Smarts (starter checklist)

Hold regular, uninterrupted meetings with employees (i.e. We should never multitask during these meetings…employees like clients/customer deserve our full, undivided attention!) Enforce (or ignore!) rules fairly and consistently across the board Treat employees in the same manner you expect them to treat clients/customers & in the same ways you like to be treated Give ongoing […]

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Employee Terminations: Self-Audit Tips from Hiring to Firing

I know personnel management and especially employee firings are NOT desired or enjoyable subjects for most of us…but it is reality.   You can read my partial list of recommendations on the hiring process, the management and supervision of employees and the termination of them when things just don’t work out by clicking here.  Add […]

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Staff Plays Key Role in Law Office Survival in Tough Times

Many law firms are still trying to recover from the tornado-like aftermath caused by the economic chaos of recent years.  Others are in the midst of other challenges.  They may be defending allegations of ethical violations or malpractice, in shock and grieving over the unexpected death of a co-worker or trying to stabilize after the […]

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