September signals the end of summer and a time for new beginnings. Kids go back to school, work colleagues are back from vacations and a sense of rhythm returns. This year, in the grip of a worldwide pandemic, that cadence is more important than ever.
If COVID-19 has taught the world anything, it’s the extent of human resilience. Virtually overnight, we all became stars in a Zoom world, master collaborators, technology McGyvers, and expert jugglers.
Remote access technologies and evolving organizational practices were already beginning to change the way we work. But COVID-19 has escalated both the speed and breadth of this change.
So what will the post-pandemic work world look like? Are you ready?
What does a tomato have to do with time management and productivity? The Pomodoro Technique (pomodoro means tomato in Italian) was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s and has since grown to be a tried and true method for managing time and improving focus and productivity.
Employee retention is a top HR challenge for law firms. So why, when firms are spending big dollars recruiting, hiring and training new lawyers, do they often not make the required investment in retaining them?
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“I do by myself” is often one of a toddler’s first phrases. Something about us humans highly values independence. Asking for help can feel like a weakness, a vulnerability. But if this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t always ‘go it alone’. In fact, there are actually benefits to asking for help - not only for the receiver but also for the helper.
‘M'aidez’ is French for help me, and ‘mayday’ is now the universal signal for help.
Over a matter of weeks in early 2020, a global seismic shift occurred, catapulting employees from their workplaces into their homes. Initially, many of us scrambled to set up home work spaces and technologies, make alternate family care arrangements, and attempt to appear comfortable interacting with coworkers and clients in cyberspace.
Now, more than a year into the pandemic, and settled comfortably in our home offices (or at our kitchen tables), how many of us are prepared to return to the way things were? According to most accounts, not many, because this seismic shift is so much more than just about where we work, it is also about when and how we work.
Universally admired, courage is the ability to act despite fear or anxiety, and is considered by philosophers and many modern day researchers to be the greatest of all virtues. But is courage a virtue we’re born with, or can courage be cultivated?
“Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others.”― Aristotle
“We need to talk.” Dreaded words that often mean something isn't right.
Whether you are initiating a difficult conversation, or on the receiving end of one, these heart-to-hearts have the potential to be life-changing. And depending on how they’re handled, these interactions can be soul destroying or growth-inducing. It’s really all in the delivery and follow up.
“A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
- Timothy Ferriss
I’m too old/young. I’ve invested too much time in my education/career/the company. I have bills to pay. There are many reasons we choose to stay in a less-than-ideal job. If you’re feeling stuck, you’re certainly not alone.
Initially, teleworking was something of a relief amidst all the pandemic uncertainty. For those of us lucky enough to work from home, mornings took on a more relaxed pace without worrying about the commute or how we’re dressed (from the waist down anyway!). For many of us, however, the novelty of teleworking has definitely worn off.
Access to computing and analytic data is changing the world exponentially and enabling decision-making at an unprecedented rate. But there is another type of data; a deep, universal wisdom that often gets ignored. While many of the world’s greatest minds have embraced this inner knowing, sometimes referred to as gut instinct or intuition, the rest of us haven’t quite figured out how to fully access it.
Throughout your career, have you ever experienced an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt? A nagging thought in the back of your mind that no matter your level of expertise, you genuinely feel like you don’t belong and that “now they’re going to find out I’m a complete fraud and don’t know what I am talking about”?
Over the past several months, despite the unrelenting pandemic, sluggish economy, and the general slowdown that typically occurs this time of year, Urban Legal Recruitment has experienced a definite uptick in activity.
Life is a series of lessons - some good, some bad, some easy, others hard. The 15 things below that I now know for sure have come from the many lessons I’ve been graced with, in a life I am perpetually grateful for, surrounded by people I love.
Whether you ascribe to its religious meaning or not, Christmas has traditionally been about giving, and giving is universal – something we can all do. It is not about how much you spend, it’s about making the recipient feel seen, known, and cared about.
Here are 12 things that have definitely brightened our year at ULR. We hope there is something on this list that can bring comfort and joy to you or someone you care about.
We’ve all heard the saying “those who can’t do, teach”. Well, sometimes, those who can’t practice, support. Legal support professionals, paralegals and legal assistants, are typically as passionate about the law as the lawyers they support, and just as committed to its execution.
Each generation is typically characterized by a set of workplace stereotypes. Millennials in particular have had a bad rap in recent years. Stereotypes, however, abound for every age group.
The ‘Silent’ generation is considered to be collaborative, dedicated and loyal. As traditionalists, they work hard and respect authority, but are also believed to be rigid, mired in the past and unwilling to embrace change.
Regardless of where you live, what you do for a living or your living situation, almost every single human being is currently learning to manage work, families, friends, finances, and themselves, under the shadow of COVID. In some ways, COVID could be considered the great equalizer.
So why do some people seem to be riding the waves rather smoothly, while others are sinking into the depths of despair? For most of us, it’s resilience. Simply put, resilience is the ability to bounce back following a major disappointment, trauma or loss.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of those terms that either confuses you, excites you, or makes your eyes glaze over. In this brief video, Elon Musk, who has invested heavily in the technology, explains why he thinks AI should terrify you.
Daniel Goleman, author of the book Emotional Intelligence, defines it as “the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as recognize and influence the emotions of those around you.” In this 5-minute video, Daniel describes EQ, whether we are becoming more emotionally intelligent and if gender and culture are factors.
Recruiters sometimes get a bad rap, and recruitment horror stories abound (check it out, there are over 4,000,000 results when you Google ‘recruitment horror stories’).
Thanksgiving 2020 will be an interesting one. COVID-19, an omnipresent reality through most of this year, has resulted in a sense of loss for many - loss of work, social connection, freedom, and the loss of how we typically communicate emotion. ‘Smiling eyes’ takes on a whole new meaning as we attempt to convey happiness from behind our masks. Or convey friendliness in the grocery aisle, or forgiveness if we are walking against the directional arrows (and who hasn’t done that?).
Is this the right time to make a career move? Let’s start with some general considerations.
Though our usual level of activity has decreased somewhat over the past few months, the work continues as we learn to navigate the 'new normal' and observe the transformation of the traditional workplace. In this article, we share some of those observations.