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Role Money Plays in Employee Retention

Some issues, though common, are rarely simple, and employee retention is one of those. I have heard quotes like “an employee doesn’t leave a company, but leaves his/her boss,” and while in some cases such an assertion may be true, in most cases it is not. This article focuses on correlations between employee loyalty, employee retention, and the role that money (compensation) plays in attaining company objectives. + read more


The Importance of Having an Employee Handbook

The Importance of Having an Employee Handbook An employee handbook is a booklet that documents your expectations from your employees and what your employees can expect from your company. In other words, it states your legal obligations as an employer and their rights as employees. It contains important information on your company’s policies and procedures and has all details that employees would need to know about their workplace. + read more


Career Planning for your Multigenerational Workforce

Career Planning for your Multigenerational Workforce Workplaces throughout the country today are made up of four distinct generations – the Veterans (1922 – 1946), Boomers (1946 – 1963), Generation X (1963 – 1980), and Generation Y (1980 – 2000). Each of these generations has something to offer in the workplace, such as different values, needs and expectations. As an employer, if you are unable to properly manage and motivate your multigenerational workforce, your Company will soon face challenges in terms of retaining skilled workers and you will fail to leverage the true benefits of a multigenerational workforce. To survive this rare challenge of managing diverse generations of workforce, you need to learn about each of these generational groups, their needs and their motivations. + read more


Employee Productivity and Collaboration in Law Firms

Employee Productivity and Collaboration in Law Firms Do you think that a law firm is generally “unmanageable?” Are most attorneys and staff personnel left to fend for themselves in a sink or swim environment? Are there firms with a collaborative model? Does this dynamic boost employee productivity? + read more


Opening Branch offices

Growth is essential to the long-term survival of any business. American and foreign law firms have grown by marketing to the public, acquiring lateral partners with portable practices, merging with other firms, and starting branch offices. + read more


Interviewing a Law Firm: Distinctions that Make the Difference

I recently asked a managing partner (who is actively in the market for lateral partners) how his firm distinguishes itself from its competitors. The response I got was, "We've got a great firm and we make a ton of money." I have to give him points for being superlative, if not terribly specific. He wasn't being flip; it was clear that he believes that these are the two reasons for partners to join his practice. But as someone who talks to firms about their senior-level needs on a regular basis, these may be important characteristics of the firm, but they are hardly distinguishing characteristics of the firm. The truth is many firms aren't great at articulating what makes them different from their competitors. + read more


Four Key Steps to Effectively Market Your Law Firm

Four Key Steps to Effectively Market Your Law Firm Regardless of how limited your marketing dollars or experience may be, you're more likely to succeed if you have a plan. Best of all, the plan need not be complicated. + read more


New Faces, New Ideas: Diversity in Law Firms Makes Business Sense, Part 2

New Faces, New Ideas: Diversity in Law Firms Makes Business Sense, Part 2 This is the second of a two-part article on diversity in law firms. This first article examined why more law firms are recognizing the value of having a diverse workplace. This second part provides ideas for recruiting and retaining an inclusive workforce and offers some advice to smaller firms. + read more


New Faces, New Ideas: Diversity in Law Firms Makes Business Sense

New Faces, New Ideas: Diversity in Law Firms Makes Business Sense This is the first of a two-part article on diversity in law firms. This first section examines why more law firms are recognizing the value of having a diverse workplace. The second part will provide ideas for recruiting and retaining an inclusive workforce and offer some advice for smaller firms. + read more


Ten Tips from Top Marketers for Legal Marketing

Ten Tips from Top Marketers for Legal Marketing Business is still business when it comes to the law. Like any other entity, a firm must stay visible and competitive in its market. ''Legal marketing is more important today than at any other time,'' said Susan Sipe, president of Sipe & Associates, Inc., a legal Internet marketing firm. ''In any business that's run like a business, whether a firm or a corporation, if no one knows what you do or what you are capable of doing, there's no way they'll purchase your services,'' explained Nat Slavin, publisher of Corporate Legal Times and board member-at-large at the Legal Marketing Association (LMA). + read more


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