Survey Shows Non-Financial Perks Rank Highest for Recruiting Legal Staff

Survey Shows Non-Financial Perks Rank Highest for Recruiting Legal Staff 
MENLO PARK, Calif., May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - When it comes to recruiting legal 
professionals, employers might want to showcase their workplace benefits 
programs, new research by Robert Half Legal suggests. Nearly seven in 10 (69 
percent) lawyers interviewed cited "flexible work hours or telecommuting" as 
one of the best incentives for recruiting and retaining legal professionals, 
followed by "free or subsidized training or education" (50 percent) and 
"on-site perks" (33 percent). "Higher compensation" ranked fourth, with 14 
percent of the survey response. 
In a separate question, one-quarter (25 percent) of respondents said 
"leadership or advancement opportunities" would most entice them to take a job 
with another law firm or company, followed by "more interesting work" (14 
percent) and a "flexible schedule or telecommuting" (12 percent). "Higher 
compensation" ranked fourth, with 9 percent of the survey response. 
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a premier legal staffing firm 
specializing in the placement of lawyers, paralegals and other highly skilled 
legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is 
based on telephone interviews with 350 lawyers in the United States and 
Canada. All of the respondents have hiring authority within their 
organizations. 
Lawyers were asked, "Which of the following perks, if any, are most effective 
for recruiting and retaining legal professionals?" Their responses:* 
Flexible work hours or telecommuting                     69% 
Free or subsidized training or education                 50% 
On-site perks (childcare, dry cleaning,                  33%
fitness center, cafeteria, etc.) 
Higher compensation (salary, bonus, stock options)       14% 
Free or subsidized snacks/lunch                          9% 
Matching gifts program for charitable contributions      9% 
Good retirement programs (pensions, matching 401k, etc.) 8% 
Health insurance/healthcare                              7% 
Work/career opportunities (challenging/meaningful work,  3%
opportunities for growth/advancement, etc.) 
Work environment/culture                                 3% 
Other                                                    6% 
None                                                     2% 
Don't know/no answer                                     2% 
*Multiple responses were permitted. 
Lawyers also were asked, "Which one of the following incentives would most 
entice you to take a job with another law firm or company?" Their responses: 
Leadership or advancement opportunities            25% 
More interesting work                              14% 
Flexible schedule or telecommuting                 12% 
Higher compensation (salary, bonus, stock options) 9% 
Learning or professional development opportunities 7% 
More vacation time                                 3% 
Other                                              4% 
None                                               11% 
Don't know/no answer                               15% 
Total                                              100% 
(NOTE: An infographic illustrating the survey results is available to download 
at http://legal.rhi.mediaroom.com/file.php/1491/RHL_0513_GRAPH_Perks.jpg.) 
"For lawyers who are already highly compensated in many cases, job 
satisfaction is often linked to non-monetary criteria," said Charles Volkert, 
executive director of Robert Half Legal. "These attorneys may be enticed to 
leave their current employer for a firm that offers more advancement 
opportunities, meaningful work or better work-life balance." 
Volkert added that these factors may hold more sway than raises when it comes 
to recruiting and retaining Gen Y professionals. "In particular, Millennial 
workers, who often place great value on collaborating with their colleagues 
and balancing their professional and personal obligations, may seek employers 
who offer telecommuting, flexible work schedules and a team-oriented 
environment," he said. 
About Robert Half Legal Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of 
Robert Half International. The company provides law firms and corporate legal 
departments with highly skilled professionals, including lawyers, paralegals 
and legal support personnel, on a project and full-time basis. With North 
American and global locations, Robert Half Legal also offers managed review 
and e-discovery services. More information, including online job search 
services, can be found at www.roberthalflegal.com. 
Lisa Hamilton, (650) 234-6234, lisa.hamilton@rhi.com 
http://www.roberthalflegal.com 
SOURCE: Robert Half Legal 
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