Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Year/New Attitude

I don't know what it is about turning the page and starting a brand new year that gives me hope, but at this point, I'll take it.

I have to admit it, I've been pretty run down over the past few months.  I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say that the legal industry has changed quite a bit.  And legal secretaries have taken on a whole new role with a different set of expectations and job descriptions.

That's not to say that it's a bad thing, but it's different.  And exhausting.  As firms cut back and technology changes, it's easy to feel that you have to "outshine them all" to prove your worth.  It's no secret that corporate America is looking for the most bang for their buck.  This often means hiring assistants with little to no experience straight out of college and training them on the job.  

It's not necessarily a bad thing but it can be a bit, how can I say, "scary" for old-timers who are either consciously or subconsciously trying to "prove their worth."

But there's something that happened, for me anyway, when the New Year began.  Perhaps it's just getting a little bit of reprieve from a grueling workload when attorneys took their holiday breaks, but I feel like I can compete with the best of them.

This year, I want to spend more time talking here about ways to improve our workspace, our quality of life and our attitudes toward change.

My motto this year, "Change is good.  Change is inevitable.  Embrace it.  Change with it."

Here's to a wonderful fresh start.