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.
Learn about one man's experience living in Europe and telecommuting to his job in the States, and his tips for making it work.
Given the benefits of equal treatment and diversity in the profession, how did women in the biggest 200 law firms fare?
Many of us struggle with the simple act of appreciating and complimenting the people around us. On a daily basis, many of us feel awkward or uncomfortable with the simple act of giving or receiving compliments with those around us.
Scott T. Mueller's book, The Empty Carousel: A Consumers Guide to Checked and Carry-on Luggage, offers advice on what you can do to minimize the risks of mishandled luggage. For lawyers who travel frequently, these tips are a must read.
So what should a marketer do when he or she is constantly approached by good-intentioned co-workers with suggestions on how to improve the marketing? My advice is simple: listen! A lot of the suggestions may be silly, but you're also likely to hear some ideas that you would have never come up with yourself.