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MANAGING STAFF

Yes! You need an employee handbook

By Julie Ellison bio For many employers, the idea of creating an Employee Handbook is overwhelming. But the importance of having one should outweigh that hesitancy given the peace of mind it can provide you while you are busy running your law firm or business. An Employee Handbook is your road map for what your employees can expect from you and what you expect from your employees. It should be simple, straightforward and relevant. Not having one in place can create huge headaches that are completely avoidable. Here are five good reasons to have an employee handbook: 1. Handbooks Set Employee Expectations Handbooks allow you to clearly set forth everything from job responsibilities to disciplinary procedures, thus keeping employee expectations consistent with the employer. Experience teaches us that employees are… . . . read more

MANAGING THE OFFICE

How the “broken windows” theory applies to your law business

The “broken windows” theory is that a building with broken windows is evidence of abandonment, neglect of the property and a lack of respect for the law. In its simplest form, the “broken windows” is the beginning of the decline

WORKING WITH ATTORNEYS

How to set a plan for associate development that actually works

One area no firm can afford to ignore is associate business development.
The firm’s future depends on how well the younger attorneys are developed and…


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MANAGING STAFF

How to delegate better

Boost staff performance by communicating more clearly
Not pleased with what staff are doing? It may not be their fault. Look at the directions they are…


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MANAGING THE OFFICE

The importance of recognizing your employees’ hard work

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! What have you got planned to acknowledge your hard-working support staff? If you’ve decided to do nothing this year, you may want to…


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RISK MANAGEMENT

4 bad financial habits that may increase your policy premiums and your malpractice risk

Ineffective billing and collections practices affect more than the bottom line. They ultimately may determine what the firm has to…


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READER TIPS

How to let clients know you take their work seriously, without saying a word

As the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” What’s the first impression your clients get when they…


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MANAGING THE OFFICE

How in the world can anybody stop gossip?

Question: How can a manager effectively put the squelch on office gossip?
(Submitted by Timothy Burns, chief administrative officer, Glenwood Medical Associates, Glenwood Springs, CO)…


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TELECOMMUTING

8 pitfalls of letting law firm employees work from home

Contrary to what you might have heard in HR circles, refusing to let employees work from home will not make your law firm a dinosaur that nobody will ever want to work for. In fact, it will put you in the same position as the nearly 65 percent of…


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MANAGING STAFF

Want to jump ahead of the competition? Get everybody aiming for the same thing

No matter what the business, the winning players are always organizations with a motivated and productive workforce…


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