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HIRING

It’s harder to find and keep office workers

Echoing reports of ongoing labor shortages, a new survey confirms that a vast majority of organizations are facing extreme difficulty finding and retaining qualified workers. But, the survey reveals, these challenges are no longer being driven solely by a lack manual services workers, as previous trends have indicated. Rather, office workers are now significantly harder to both find and retain than just one year ago. The Conference Board survey found that 84 percent of organizations hiring professional and office workers are struggling to find talent, an increase from 60 percent in April 2021. And the percent of organizations struggling to retain office workers more than doubled in the last year, from 28 percent to 64 percent. The survey of more than 175 US Human Resource executives also underscores the staying… . . . read more

RECRUITING

Law firms scramble for entry-level and lateral hires

Industry data indicate that 2021 was another banner year financially for law firms, the most profitable year since before the Great Recession, with the strongest growth in demand for legal services since before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) show that fall 2021 recruiting activity was also strong following a year of more conservative hiring decisions early in the pandemic. “Law firms have been scrambling for talent at both the lateral and entry levels. As a result, recruiting activity in 2021 was robust, with offer rates for summer spots reaching their highest mark since 2007,” writes NALP Executive Director James G. Leipold in the report. “The pandemic has changed some of the methodologies of the law firm recruitment process, but it… . . . read more

RECRUITING

Winning the talent war

By Lynne Curry “We’re not getting any qualified applicants for our manager position,” the practice manager told me. “We’ve posted it on all the standard job sites. Should we offer a signing bonus?” “Is your pay competitive?” “We’re paying as much as we can.” “Do you have an employee you can promote into management?” “Not one strong enough. If we can’t find a suitable candidate, we’ll have to reduce the hours we’re open.” In the last three months, several dozen employers and HR managers have called me with similar stories about good jobs remaining vacant without enough solid candidates to fill them. The problem At the end of summer 2021, the number of employees in the labor force, 4.2 million, was less than before the pandemic started. At the time… . . . read more

RECRUITING

Entry-level law firm recruiting survives pandemic interruptions, but key indicators fall

While the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered the course of the 2020 law firm recruiting season, law firms, law schools, and law students have persevered, achieving a competitive summer 2021 recruiting season in winter 2021 instead of summer/fall 2020. The findings are part of NALP’s Perspectives on 2020-21 Law Student Recruiting report. Because of the changes in timing of OCI for the 2020-21 recruiting cycle due to the pandemic, NALP’s typical fall recruiting surveys were split into two collection timeframes, and the 2020-21 Perspectives report includes analysis from data collected in the fall 2020 Survey of Legal Employers on Summer Outcomes and First-Year Associate Plans and two spring 2021 Surveys of Law Schools and Legal Employers on 2020-21 Recruiting. “Amidst the pandemic interruptions and uncertainties there was an overall net decline… . . . read more

EMPLOYEE RETENTION

More than one-quarter of employees say pandemic contributed to career setback

According to new research from a global staffing firm, more than one-quarter of professionals (27 per cent) said their career has stalled since the start of the pandemic—and that number jumps to 55 per cent for those ages 18 to 24. In a separate poll, 49 per cent of senior managers revealed that they postponed promoting top performers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 61 per cent of those respondents worry about staff retention as a result. How careers have taken a hit Workers experiencing a stalled career reported feeling stuck when it comes to: Salary growth: 62 per cent Career advancement: 62 per cent Skills development: 42 per cent Ability to grow their professional network: 42 per cent And some professionals shared that they’re ready for a career move:… . . . read more

PARTNERSHIP PATTERNS

Study identifies generational similarities, differences in the workplace

The National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP), in partnership with PP&C Consulting principals Aric Press and Yolanda Cartusciello, has released Multiple Generations in Law Firms: Working Together. The first-of-its-kind study provides insights into some of the generational dynamics at play in the current law firm work setting. The survey gathered responses from 2,473 lawyers—1,394 partners and 1,079 associates during 2019. With members of the Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial generations all working together in today’s law firms and popular culture providing so many tropes and stereotypes for each of these distinct generations, the study seeks to measure some of the similarities and differences in the opinions and attitudes held by partners and associates of a variety of ages. The oldest members of the Millennial generation have become partners… . . . read more

BLOG

3-point retention strategy

By Julie Ellison  bio
Great law offices are built with great people. In today’s competitive employment market, it’s hard enough…


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RECRUITING

6 ways to optimize your recruitment efforts

Law firms are feeling the effects of today’s talent shortage. More than three in 10 lawyers (31 percent) recently surveyed by…


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BLOG

Who’s the real person you plan to hire? Can social media help you decide?

By Lynne Curry, Ph.D., SPHR  bio
The applicant knocked it out of the park with both his resume and his answers to your interview questions. The references…


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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Half of today’s U.S. legal professionals have flexible work arrangements

Special Counsel, a provider of legal consulting, attorney recruiting, legal talent, legal technology and eDiscovery solutions, recently released its…


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