HOW WORK SURVEYS CAN HELP:
As in-house law departments become larger and more robust, keeping track of which member of your staff is working on a deal or matter can become complicated. In addition, project management is essential for both in-house and outside counsel to work efficiently and cost-effectively. A simple and effective way to manage this is to create a weekly work survey for your in-house lawyers to complete. Whether your department is small enough where your lawyers are a “jack of all trades”, or you have a larger legal department where your lawyers are subject matter experts, a simple work assignment process can benefit you and assist with career development. As the person charged with attorney professional development at my firm, I can attest that this simple tool has helped our associates become more proficient in their craft. It allows me to see where their strengths and weaknesses are in their skill development on a weekly basis. When they need to better hone a specific skill, I can help them my giving them an assignment that will do that. This tool has also helped our partners better produce efficient and excellent work, as they know that the associates working on their matters have the required skills to be valuable not only to the partner, but also to our clients.