As the nation's leading legal blog among people who consistently confuse Al Pacino with Robert DeNiro, it is my obligation to remind readers of important events. April 27th is Administrative Professionals Day. Traditionally, it is a day to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals. It is a day you should let your staff know that you appreciate their hard work.
With increased caseloads, today's legal staffers often takes on an increasing amount of substantive work responsibilities. As the old saying goes, good help can be hard to find. Employing good support staff can make or break your law practice. They are your troops on the front line. The foundation in your shaky house of cards. Your staff reflects on you. Bad employees can cost you time and money. A unpleasant curmudgeonly chain smoking secretary can have a negative impact on your client relationships. A consistently late receptionist can be missing important calls, perhaps even a big case. Eventually, this will affect your bottom line.
Not surprisingly, its best to keep productive staffers happy. Your staff reflects on you. They can be your best marketing tool. So this Administrative Professional's day make sure you let your staff know how much you appreciate them. That does not mean a certificate for discounted legal services. You completely forgot? No time to pick up that engraved paperweight? Don't worry, we've got your back. Here's some last minute ideas.
Of course, our offices' personal favorite: