Human Resources

The Human Resources section of FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center provides free resources related to HR and employment issues encountered by small law firms and solo practices. Business issues such as Benefits, Compensation, Recruiting, and Retention are crucial to the long-term success of your law firm. People are among the most valuable business resources. As a small business owner, you need to understand employment issues well enough to make informed decisions and plans that impact your law practice. Browse, read, and share FindLaw's collection of articles, tips, and lists that focus on Human Resources.

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    • The Role of Benefits in Your Law Practice

      It's readily apparent to every law firm HR manager. The American workplace is changing. Downsizing and outsourcing have strained the once solid relationship between employers and employees, and created a more mobile, more fluid workforce.

      Use Personality Assessment for Better Hiring

      Hiring has always been a game of odds; particularly in the law profession. We see a candidate's resume, check references and do a face-to-face. Then most of us reach a decision based on a slightly educated hunch. The data on lawyer retention makes it clear how much of a crapshoot hiring really is.

      Leadership Mistakes That Erode Your Firm's Will to Win

      For any team, the only acceptable result should be winning. But all too often, things don't go as planned--and when first this project and then that project veer off course, teams start showing signs of a disease that can kill execution. Read on to find out how the disease of "failing elegantly" can infect your organization and how to cure it.

      Associates Hop Firms Seeking Partner Track

      With lockstep compensation, annual evaluations, and an "up or out" philosophy, most firms seem to dangle partnership in front of new hires like an inevitable carrot. In fact, many associates will never be offered partnership in the firm, and those who are may have to wait as long as nine years.

      Compensation for the Attorney "Of Counsel" to Your Law Firm

      Assuming a lawyer is properly designated "Of Counsel," are there any restrictions on methods of compensating him or her?

      How to Effectively Manage Remote Staff

      When offered the option, many people will jump at the chance to work remotely, but working remotely brings many new challenges to both the employee and the employer.

Human Resources Articles
    • Tips to Avoid Office Back Pain and Workplace Injuries

      Eighty percent of Americans experience back pain in their lifetime and this ailment can have serious implications for job security by negatively affecting even the most dedicated employee's ability to go to work.

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    • How to Improve Your Firm's Morale, Motivation, and Bottom Line

      In most organizations, daily operations are so busy and stressful that showing gratitude is fairly low on the list of priorities. But cultivating an organizational culture of appreciation can be the best possible strategy for growing your business.

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    • Business Casual Attire for Lawyers

      Law firms, even "white-shoe" firms, have changed dress codes to reflect the times. In order to dress appropriately, the business casual lawyer should adhere to a few rules.

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    • Work Life Balance for Lawyers
      With attorneys speaking up about their inability to balance life and work, many firms are beginning to pay attention, offering four options designed to help integrate work and life; but are these options really the solution?

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    • Life as a Lawyer

      One thing you may not think about while preparing to become a lawyer is how you're going to deal with lawyers. This may seem like a ridiculous thing to consider, but it's not. As a lawyer, you will be dealing with other lawyers on a daily basis; and it's a good idea to be prepared for the different situations and personality types you might encounter. Your responses to others will have a great deal to do with shaping your own persona.

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