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Disenchanted lawyers: How to increase your retention of young talent

Jill King explores the reasons for discontentment and depression in ?young lawyers and how to increase their retention

17 September 2012

Have a nice day! This is a rather superficial and overused phrase which we all find ourselves saying from time to time. But, how often do we reflect upon what really makes us have a good day, and how regularly do we experience a sense of deep satisfaction at the end of a long day in the office?

The US Declaration of Independence promises the “pursuit of happiness” as a cherished right for all of its citizens and, in the UK, politicians have focused on raising the sense of happiness and well-being across the country. Given how central work is to our lives, these lofty goals imply a need to achieve and sustain happiness in our day-to-day work.

In the legal sector, firms spend millions on staff benefits, opinion surveys and team retreats to encourage associates to feel engaged, motivated and enthusiastic about what they do. Yet, despite this investment, research sug...

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