Law Firm Manuals: Throw Out the Rules

Excerpt From Work Culture Magic published Lawyers Weekly 12.2009

We don’t like formal HR manuals.   They are usually too long, no one reads them, and they are rarely enforced fairly across the board.  Keep your benefits in a separate manual.  What is left?  And do you need it.  Then we recommend you write out your guiding principles for the vision of your firm.   Don’t make a rule until you need it.  You might be pleasantly surprised to see employees stepping up to the plate on professionalism when they are treated like professionals. 

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