Wednesday, February 7, 2018
I found myself today googling "the world's oldest legal secretary."
Don't laugh. I'm serious. I want to know what happens to senior secretaries. I don't mean people who can't use the technology or who refuse to adapt to change and learn new skills.
In a world of 10.00 dollar avocado toast and 15.00 lattes being consumed by millennials as the "norm," what happens to the mature law firm support staff?
Do they eventually get "phased out," by way of reductions in force or having to jump through so many hoops they just voluntarily leave?
A friend of mine told me recently that her old boss asked her when she planned to retire. When she told him that she didn't - he said "just let me know. I'll find someone younger and cheaper."
Does younger and cheaper really work in this industry? Younger to me means you're ambitious and looking to be paid fairly for your time and talent. Cheaper to me means that you're hiring people who really aren't top notch.
You can't have it both ways.
Either you want someone who can do the job and do it well or you want someone to give you a mediocre work product.
With clients demanding more and more for their legal buck these days, firms might want to consider being nicer to their mature staff. They might be the ones who save the day.
at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Thanks to "google doodle" I know that today marks the 131st anniversary of the hole punch.
The doodle is adorable and it's a fun little fact, but then I started thinking about how important the hole punch is in this profession.
I mean, there are courts that will toss your documents if they aren't punched in just the right place. And some Judges have very specific rules - 2 at the top - 3 at the side.
And don't get me started on people who move the ruler guide and then you go and punch your papers and everything gets punched in the wrong place. And they don't fit the acco fastener (when is the acco fastener's birthday?) or they won't go into the file folder.
And no matter how much people say we're moving towards a paperless office - let's be honest - that's never going to happen. At least not in my lifetime.
So, while some might laugh it off as a silly little "holiday," I think it's more than that.
You might even call today HOLE-Y!
at 5:13 PM
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Do Firms Want Secretaries Who Get the Job Done or Secretaries Who Look Good Doing It? Aging in the Workplace
It happens to the best of us.
And while I'm not sure when I first became aware of it, I'm fairly certain that once you reach the ripe old age of 40 it starts to peek at you in one form or another.
Many of us "seasoned secretaries" (like myself) may have been too busy working hard to actually take note of the first time they realized that some of their attorneys don't just want the job done, they want someone who looks "perfect" doing it. Unfortunately, we can't have everything we want.
Now, I'm going to go ahead and play the gender card here - this is much more common among male attorneys than female. Although, women attorneys don't get a complete pass.
However, the minute your roots begin to show, ageism starts to take root.
We all know that the role of the legal secretary has changed drastically over the years, but skills are skills. And as long as I have them, I plan to use them.
So, if you don't mind my grey hair, I'm going to get to work.
at 11:38 AM
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
"When Flossy Merrill summons her children to the beloved family beach house to celebrate their father's 80th birthday, both cherished memories and long-kept secrets come to light in this charming and lyrical novel from the author of "The Lake Season" and "Mystic Summer."
Hannah McKinnon's, The Summer House online and in bookstores now. From Simon and Schuster.
at 5:07 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Okay, it's going to be one of those days.
And just for these times, you should always have something in your desk to get through the rough patch (or in case of an earthquake - God forbid an earthquake - but hey, be prepared).
One of my new favorite desk staples (pun intended) is the Milka Oreo Candy Bar.
Stumbled upon these by accident. After I may or may not have accidentally eaten my daughter's in the fridge. She said "Oh, no! My friend brought that back from England and you can't find them here."
Well, now you can. I got mine at my friendly neighborhood Walgreen's.
What's your "emergency work pantry" look like? I'd love to hear.
at 10:21 AM
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The older I get, the more I dread this week.
Not because I'm ungrateful for the weeklong activities from HR and the law firm office manager, but because the more presents I get, the less appreciated I feel. And that's because even though the firm pulls out all stops, my attorneys never seem to notice.
I suppose I should be grateful for the fact that my bosses never want to take me to lunch. They have no interest in doing anything with me outside of work - which is fine by me. However, I can't help but recall the days when I was young and bosses couldn't wait to take you out to a fancy restaurant.
I'm not speaking in terms of sexual harassment. Male and female bosses loved doing lunch with you.
It was like, "you've got a bright future with the firm and I'm happy to have you on my team."
Now, it's more like, "You're a certain age and let's not kid each other, people aren't exactly lining up to hire people over 40." Plain and simple.
If there's anything that gives me consolation, it's knowing that my skills are still pretty darn sharp and I'd match myself up against most of the younger men and women in my office any day.
Well, almost any day. Maybe not Monday.
Did I say, "Happy Administrative Professionals Week?"
at 3:01 PM
Thursday, April 20, 2017
I will be the first to admit that I did not think this little sponge was worth its price. However, after using it for the last month, I have found it to be worth its weight in gold.
The Beauty Blender(TM) is the perfect tool for makeup newbies or makeup old-timers who just can't seem to "whip it real good."
Honestly, this little thing is easy to use and saves so much time and frustration.
Around $20.00 for the "original" sponge and well worth the price.
Perfect for the working women.
at 2:23 PM