Authored By: Rachel Markin
“No company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.”- Former General Electric CEO, Jack Welch
A company is as good as its people, and that’s why Amy Larson recently penned an article in Above the Law on “How to Motivate and Reward Staff.”
Larson reports that a firm may have brilliant partners, but the energy and dedication of the support staff enable the firm to function. She lists several ways to avoid common management mistakes and lead a healthy and happy team.
Larson says it’s important to set goals and expectations. People often find themselves discontent when appropriate expectations have not been set. Leaders can help their team members be successful by clearly communicating goals and following-up each week to ensure goals are being met.
Larson also notes that lawyers can sometimes “compete to be the most intelligent person in the room.” She warns that competition does not need to belittle the non-lawyers in the room. Rather, when hiring someone, recognize the individual has skills and intelligence and deserves respect.
To read more tips to help motivate your firm’s staff, click here.
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