Challenging Assignments Are BetterMotivator Than Money, Survey Shows

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - 01:00

It's meaningful work, not money, that motivates legal professionals most, a new survey shows. Forty-two percent of lawyers polled recently said that challenging assignments provide the greatest job satisfaction. Compensation packages ranked second, receiving 22 percent of the responses.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 300 attorneys among the 1,000 largest law firms and corporations in the United States and Canada. All respondents have at least three years of experience in the legal field.

'Money is rarely the sole factor behind professional career decisions,' said Charles Volkert, executive director for Robert Half Legal. 'While competitive compensation is important, legal professionals want to be intellectually engaged.'

Mr. Volkert added that benefits remain important recruiting and retention tools. 'Benefits that help staff balance personal and professional obligations, such as flexible schedules or on-site child care, are very attractive to employees.'