Associate Job Satisfaction is Down to its Lowest level since 1994: Why should we even care?

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A spate of news articles, reports and blogs recently have been reporting about dropping associate job satisfaction. Many have called these associates simply cranky or just whining immaturely. Scores of onservers have have been completely dismissive about the loss of associate job satisfaction and taking the position that these lawyers should be happy to simply have a job. Let's for a moment simply forget the scores of unemployed and undermployed lawyers and focus instead on how and why law firm associate job satisfaction should be a matter of concern for law firms and, in particular, law firm management.

The simple fact is that declining law firm associate job satissfaction adeversely affects a law firm's bottom line. At the same time, improving associate job satisfaction does not entail cash investments. Rather, the cure, as well as enhanced law firm profitability involves open, regular, candid communication and an enhanced level of transparrency.

Talk may be cheap, but substantive regular talking will improve associate efficiency and appreciably add to a law firm's bottom line.

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Jerome Kowalski
Kowalski & Associates

Jerry Kowalski is the founder of Kowalski & Associates, which provides law firm management... View Profile »


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