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Best Practices for Managing Staff in the #METOO Era

By Christine M. Meadows

A law office manager recently noted, “my job would be easy if it weren’t for the people.” From the day-to-day personality conflicts to addressing performance and productivity issues, managing people is hard. As the employment relationship becomes increasingly regulated and tales of workplace harassment commonplace, managers can find themselves in situations where they are paralyzed by fear of making a mistake. In a smaller office, where one person may be juggling multiple duties, this can become even more overwhelming. While avoidance is not the answer, there are some best practices that law offices (small and large) can put into place to make managing staff easier and to avoid some of the most common workplace issues.

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