Improving Your Office

Law office design can help attract clients, boost productivity, enhance well-being, and retain talented lawyers. Improve your office design by adding artwork and plants, creating areas for socialization, increasing natural light, improving air quality, and using soothing colors on walls and artwork. Start a makeover by reviewing an office design checklist . Learn more tips by reading articles about  office design , open environments ,  saving money ,  small firm layouts , reception areas , tips for legal professionals , and  trends in law office design . 

Responding to the Delta Variant

Below are tips for responding to the recent rise in Covid Cases and the spread of the Delta variant.   For more tips, read the CDC's  Recommendations for Individuals   and HBR's Guide for Employers . Also see articles about Delayed Reopenings ,  Delta FAQ's ,   Expert Advice , and the  Summer Surge . SAFETY SUGGESTIONS Activity - avoid public places and resume curbside pickups from groceries and restaurants Dining - return to outdoor dining if eating out Groups - avoid public gatherings and resume Zoom get-togethers Health -  Stay healthy with medical checkups, balanced meals, daily meditation, and weekly exercise Masking - resume mask wearing when going into public places Safety  - continue using sanitizer, hand washing, and practicing social distancing Travel - avoid non-essential travel and check the CDC website for Coronavirus hotspots Vaccination - get vaccinated or consult your doctor if not yet vaccinated Working - delay your return to the office and continue worki

Preventing Burnout

Burnout can lead to career changes, low morale, and reduced productivity. Individuals can avoid  burnout by getting support, staying socially connected, and taking sabbaticals. Firms can prevent burnout by offering part-time tracks, providing socialization, and reducing stress. For more tips, read articles about adopting bar initiatives ,  organizing social activities , promoting well-being ,  recognizing problems ,  and  preventing burn-out . For comprehensive study, read books about Addicted to Busy and The Happy Lawyer , and visit ABA websites on  Lawyer Well-Being  and Work-Life Balance . 

Using Emojis at Work

Emojis have been used in texts, tweets, and emails since 1998.  Originally limited to communications between family and friends, they are becoming popular in professional communications. Emojis emphasize  positivity and help convey feelings . Start slowly by limiting to communications with emoji users and selecting images with common meanings like OK or Thumbs  Up .  Get perspective by reading about the history of emojis  and the benefits of using them . Get proficient  by reading articles about  applications ,  etiquette , silencing , user tips and  evidentiary value .

Winning Awards and Recognition

Enhance your reputation by nominating yourself yourself and your firm to receive an award recognizing achievements, contributions, and innovations. Mention awards on blogs, cards, and websites. Apply strategically and don't take it personally when passed over for awards. Continue trying in future years and submitting to alternative organizations and publishers. See below for awards for lawyers and articles with tips for winning them. Articles About Awards Alternatives to Awards , Attorney at Work Assessing Lawyer Awards , Above the Law, Jun. 1, 2019 How to Win Awards , The Ladder Why Awards are Important , Ripley PR Lists of Awards Gladiator Marketing Law Crossing Wikipedia Grantors of Awards American Bar Association American Lawyer Financial Trend National Law Journal Lawyer of Distinction

Technology Checklist

Use  the following Technology Checklist to assure a successful practice whether you work at an office, home, or on the road. SOFTWARE Office Productivity (e.g. Office365 or Google Workspace) Phone (e.g. RingCentral or Skype) Conferencing (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or Zoom) Practice Management (e.g. Clio Manage, MyCase, Practice Panther, and Rocket Matter) Client Relationship (e.g. Aptivo, Clio Grow, Salesforce, or Zoho CRM) PDF Creators (e.g. Adobe Acrobat or FoxIt) Pasword Manager (e.g. Dashlane or Last Pass)  Reputation Management (e.g. Birdseye or Podium) Employee Incentives (e.g. Bonusly) Bookkeeping (e.g. QuickBooks and ZipBooks) Social Media Management (e.g. Hootsuite or Sprout) Email Marketing (e.g. Constant Contact or Mailchimp) HARDWARE Laptop (e.g. Apple Mac Book Pro, Dell Latitude or Microsoft Surface Pro) Docking Station External Monitors Peripherals (e.g. wireless keyboard and wireless mouse) Accessories (e.g. headset, microphone and speakers Scanner (e.g. Fujitsu

Better Listening

Being a good listener can help you connect with clients, lawyers, and staff. Good listeners are respected, well-liked, and win cases and negotiations. Eliminate distractions, express concern, and avoid interrupting talkative people. For more tips, read articles about communication strategies , effective listening , enhancing skills ,   why lawyers need to be good listeners , and  winning trials by listening . For in-depth study, read books  Effective Legal Communication  and Communication Skills for Lawyers .