You are working hard at your solo or small law firm. Your Team is working hard. New clients are calling and everyone is busy.
How do you know if it’s time to hire more help?
Here are some things to consider when making the decision to hire more help in your solo or small law firm.
Why am I thinking about hiring?
Dig down to find the source of the problem or reason you are thinking you need to hire someone. Are you, or a member of your team feeling overwhelmed? There are some pretty simple indications of overwhelm, like things falling through the cracks, or simple mistakes you or your staff rarely make.
How do you address the problem?
Is the workload out of balance? If one of your team members is overwhelmed, then a simple reassignment of tasks can often alleviate the issue.
Maybe your firm requires updated technology or updated internal processes to manage cases more effectively.
Look at outsourcing. Something as simple as reassigning daily tasks and/or phone answering, which can be time-consuming for your staff, to an external company can really help.
What about your Team?
Sometimes team members don’t want to admit when they are overwhelmed.
Get to know your team better by having an open forum with them as soon as you see things falling through the cracks, and remember to reinforce your confidence in their abilities.
Be very clear about the role for the new team member.
Think about the time requirements for the new team member. Will they be part time, full time, virtual, onsite? This is not only important for you, but for the rest of your team as well.
Don’t be tempted to hire just anybody to fill a void.
Be sure you have a job description already in place.
Here are a few free resources for you to try out…
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