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Avoiding Covid Risks

Covid may continue for years and flare up at different times and places . Proactive employers are slowing down re-openings, making masking mandatory, and requiring immunizations. Individuals can be proactive by resuming mask wearing in public places and following the additional tips listed below. Monitor the  Coronavirus situation and adjust practices for new developments. For more tips, read the CDC's  Recommendations for Individuals   and HBR's Guide for Employers . See articles about Covid Proofing Offices ,  Delayed Reopenings ,  Delta FAQ's ,   Expert Advice , Staying Safe , and   When Covid Will Peak . Also see AARP’s state-by-state Summary of Covid Restrictions . TIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS Activity - avoid public places and resume curbside pickups from groceries and restaurants Dining - limit patronage to restaurants with outdoor dining and wear a mask when not eating Distancing  - stay 6 feet away from others who don't live in your household Masking - resume mask we

Preventing Lawyer 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 , preventing lawyer burnout ,  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 .  Mind the age gap since different age groups give different meanings from emojis.   Get perspective by reading about the history of emojis  and the benefits of using them . Get proficient  by reading articles about age gaps ,  applications ,  etiquette , silencing , user tips and  evidentiary value .

Winning Awards

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

Updating Technology

Using up-to-date technology can keep your firm competitive and make work easier. Get help by visiting the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center  and using your State Bar's  Lawyer Assistance Program . Learn how to automate with  ABA guides to  computers , cybersecurity , and  technology .  Use  the following Technology Checklist to assure success whether working 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 Market

Effective 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 .