As a law firm owner, you should have at least a basic understanding of the importance of professional development within a corporate context. Professional development is not only beneficial for individual team members, it is also beneficial for your firm as a whole. Professional development creates more well-informed and competent team members, improves productivity, and can even enhance morale. Stagnation is not something you should encourage or even tolerate at any level. To stay competitive as a business, you should adopt an attitude which promotes learning and growth at every step. In this post, we will highlight how to promote the professional development of your in-house and remote team members.
Encourage Continuing Education & Skill Upgrades
Professional development can take many forms. Two of the more common and most impactful forms are continuing education and skill upgrades. As the firm’s principal, you should encourage your managers, associates and staff to increase their education and to develop new skills whenever possible. The more education your employees have, the more they can stand out in the marketplace; the same is true when it comes to skills. More education and better skills will translate into higher satisfaction among clients, higher retention, more referrals, and superior firm performance overall.
Don’t Shy Away from Offering Raises
Education and skills are obviously wonderful things to have. There should be no difficulty in seeing how these things can improve your company. The tricky part is promoting these things successfully among your colleagues and professional staff. When it comes to promoting development, you can’t shy away from offering monetary rewards. Although many employees may see a natural advantage to professional development – because professional development does indeed carry such an advantage – some may be more motivated by the possibility of a financial reward. Don’t be afraid to offer raises whenever you are able to do so. Although doing so will come with an initial cost, this should be more than outweighed by the long-term gains.
Encourage Development Among Remote Employees
When you go about promoting professional among throughout your company, don’t forget to include your virtual employees. Because they work remotely, some firm owners may overlook the professional needs of their virtual staff. But this is a costly mistake. Your virtual employees have the potential to be just as vital to your organization as your in-house employees. In fact, your remote workers may be more valuable, in some ways, because they can be more efficient in some cases. The key thing is to ensure that you also encourage your remote staff to develop new skills and acquire additional education so that your firm is as strong as possible.
Contact GSU for More Information
If you’d like more information, reach out to Get Staffed Up, LLC today. We specialize in placing top quality virtual assistants with law firms. We can provide assistants in a wide range of areas, including marketing, general administration, and so forth. Reach out to learn more today at 866-763-2540.