Survey Reveals Many Law Firms Unconcerned with Losing Top Performers



    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Despite a competitive hiring environment in the
legal field, many law firms and legal departments are not focused on retaining
their top performers. In a new survey, 42 per cent of lawyers said they are
not concerned with losing their best people; 43 per cent said they are only
somewhat concerned.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service
specializing in the placement of lawyers, law clerks, paralegals and other
highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent
research firm and includes responses from 300 lawyers among the largest law
firms and corporations in the United States and Canada. All respondents have
at least three years of experience in the legal field.

    Lawyers were asked, "How concerned are you about losing your top talent
to other law firms or legal departments?" Their responses:

    
              Very concerned...........................  12%
              Somewhat concerned.......................  43%
              Not concerned............................  42%
              Don't know/no answer.....................   3%
                                                        ----
                                                        100%

    Lawyers were also asked, "Which professional development program is the
most effective in retaining top performers?" Their responses:

              Mentoring program........................  46%
              Continuing legal education...............  24%
              Leadership training......................  18%
              Participation in an exchange program
              in firm's/company's foreign location.....   2%
              Something else...........................   1%
              Don't know/none/no answer................   9%
                                                        ----
                                                        100%
    

    "Many law offices don't worry about retention until they start losing
people, but at that point, they're operating in a reactive, crisis mode," said
Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "In addition to the
financial cost of replacing top performers, including recruitment and training
expenses, there is the loss of institutional knowledge, which is harder to
quantify."
    To keep highly skilled legal professionals, Volkert recommends a
proactive, multifaceted approach:
    
    -  Offer competitive salary and benefits packages. Firms should regularly
       review their compensation structure, correct weaknesses and ensure
       that salary levels are competitive in their local market.
    -  Invest in staff development. Employees should be able to advance in
       their careers without having to leave the firm. Lateral moves,
       promotions from within, and training and mentoring programs are ways
       to foster professional growth.
    -  Make sure employees are intellectually engaged. According to research
       conducted by Robert Half Legal, the majority of lawyers cited
       "challenging assignments" as the leading factor in determining their
       job satisfaction.
    -  Keep employees motivated. Publicly praise individuals and teams for a
       job well done. Informal and formal recognition programs also boost
       retention rates.
    

    About Robert Half Legal

    Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half
International. The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments
with highly skilled professionals, including lawyers, law clerks, paralegals
and legal support personnel, on a project and full-time basis. Robert Half
Legal offers online job search services at www.roberthalflegal.com.





For further information:

For further information: Jason Chapman, (416) 365-3153 extension 62070,
jason.chapman@rhi.com


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