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Are You Distracted at Work? Close Those Open Loops!

Are you often distracted at work? Do you interrupt yourself in the middle of an important project because you suddenly remembered something else that you need to do? In this video series, we’ve been talking about distractions and interruptions. Sometimes those distractions and interruptions are external – they come from someone else. Other times those …

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Are You the Source of Your Interruptions? [video]

Are you the source of your own interruptions? In this series of videos, I have been talking about how to limit interruptions. We’ve talked about limiting interruptions from clients and colleagues, setting and sticking to a communications policy, and not taking unplanned phone calls. Those are all external interruptions – interruptions that come from other …

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Stop Co-Worker Interruptions [video]

Who interrupts you at work? In my last couple of videos, I talked about how lawyers can prevent interruptions from clients by setting a communications policy and not taking unplanned telephone calls. But what happens when the interruption comes not from clients, but from inside your own organization? Do any of these interruptions sound familiar? …

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Don’t Let Toxic Employees Push Out Good Employees

Are your best employees leaving because others are being given a free pass on their bad behavior? Poorly behaved or toxic employees: Cause emotional turmoil Damage morale Disrupt work Decrease productivity Spread their bad behavior to others Sometimes toxic employees are easy to identify: they shout at other employees, make snide comments, tell inappropriate jokes, …

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What Happens When You’re Not Clear About Advancement Opportunities [video]

What are the consequences when you don’t communicate with the people in your firm about what it takes to move to the next level? In my last video in this series on retaining your best employees, I talked about being transparent about what it takes for them to get to the next level. Today, I’d …

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Be Transparent About Advancement in Your Firm

What does it take to get ahead at your law firm?  If you want to retain your best employees, you need to be transparent with them about what it takes to get ahead at your firm.  What happens if an employee wants a promotion?  How does an associate become a partner in the firm?  What skills, activities, or behaviors are required for advancement?  Employees get restless when they don’t know where they stand.  In my experience, law firms are really good at communicating things like how many billable hours are required or conducting performance reviews that talk about past performance, but they’re not necessarily so good at talking about the future and what an employee wants to get out of their career, what opportunities there are for advancement at the firm and what an employee needs to do to get there.  Instead of just focusing on billable hours and past performance, talk to your employees about what they want out of their careers. Help them to set goals that will help them to advance in your firm. If becoming a partner means that you have to bring in business, make sure that your associates know that. Encourage them to get involved in their local community or their bar association. If trial experience is required for partnership, make sure that your associates know that as well and help them to find opportunities to get that experience. If you can’t become a partner unless you’ve had a certain number of years as a lawyer, make sure that people in your firm know that as well. Remember, what might be obvious to you isn’t necessarily so obvious to your employees.  More articles and videos like this:

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Three Ways to Sabotage Time-Blocking [Video]

Hi, I’m Allison Johs, President of Legal Ease Consulting, where I help lawyers create more productive, more profitable, and more enjoyable law practices. In my last video, I talked about using a technique called time blocking to schedule time on your calendar to get important work done. I have found time blocking to be effective …

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