How to understand millennial lawyers?
Millennial lawyers face the worst job market in a long time and law firms must know how to work with them: build a team and recognition
Digital transformation is changing the way law firms interact with their clients, visualise their brand or structure the work of their employees. What is largely overlooked, so far, is the impending generational change that is looming at the top of law firms.
The millennial generation, beset by economic crises and heirs to an increasingly unstable job market, will be taking the helm of the most prestigious law firms in a few years' time. And how can today's managers manage this generation of lawyers?
Build a team
Contrary to the general idea that millennials are individualists, they work in teams and department heads and managers must ensure that millennial lawyers are actively involved in the firm's work.
Generating a team atmosphere implies maintaining fluid communication, regular meetings, showing a real interest in department colleagues.
Active listening is fundamental in any organisation, whether it is exercised by the management of a firm or by new lawyers.
Giving importance to the advice given by millennial lawyers can help managers to visualise the near future of the legal sector, the way in which they can start selling the firm's services by means of telematic tools, the reduction of the use of paper and the automation of certain tasks.
As with young employees in any firm, recognition for a job well done is an elemental factor. The values of law firms must ensure that the achievements of their employees are rewarded.
The life plans devised by millennial workers are very different from those of their predecessors: they want to devote more time to leisure and to their family and friends, which implies greater work flexibility. Being technology natives means that the tools of the trade will be constantly changing, in a quest to ensure more efficiency in their work. This means that law firms are investing in the purchase of technological tools and systems, as well as digital training for their lawyers.