Saturday, December 23, 2017

Lawyers’ Stress is Increasing

From Progressive Law Practice:

Attorneys are more stressed out at work than they were nearly a decade ago, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Legal.

Of the lawyers interviewed, 42% cited reduced stress levels as the one aspect of their job they would like to change. That's up 11 percentage points from the last time the survey was conducted in 2008. Further, 22% of those surveyed called for fewer hours at work and more personal time as the lone aspect they would change, down 8 percentage points from 2008, according to the survey.

What to Do?

Jamy Sullivan, executive director of Robert Half Legal, said keeping employees satisfied with perks and benefits, ultimately, is how many firms plan to bolster employee retention rates. "Unrelenting job stress and long hours can lead to staff attrition and productivity declines," Sullivan says. "To address these issues and retain key talent, legal employers are offering flexible schedules, telecommuting and remote work options, as well as additional vacation days."

Additionally, according to information in the survey, “greater professional autonomy” and “accelerated career growth” checked in as the next most desired improvements for lawyers at 7% and 6%, respectively. Only 2% of those surveyed said they would not change anything, given the opportunity.

You can read more here.


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