Today’s generation of working parents has different priorities and expectations than its predecessors. And the work pressures facing today’s legal professionals are nowhere greater than in a Big Law setting. We offer a variety of programs and initiatives focused on helping parents balance the complexities of a successful practice within a fast-paced global firm environment while raising a family. Key components in many regions include flexible work arrangements, coaching programs, and networking opportunities with colleagues within the firm and the business community at large.
Supporting expectant parents
In Europe, the firm has introduced a program of maternity and parental coaching, offered to all expectant mothers and fathers/partners taking an extended period of shared parental leave. The program includes one-to-one coaching from trained professionals designed to provide support in this transitional period and help facilitate an effective return to work. The program also offers coaching to managers/Partners to help them support their employees and manage their return and re-integration.
Encouraging agile working
Flexible work arrangements can be crucial to the retention of working parents, but they can also create barriers if the lawyers are not given the opportunity to work with key clients on career-advancing matters. Countermeasures include our work on strategic job design and our growing relationship with an industry-leading specialist on job sharing.
Understanding generational differences
A key to supporting younger working parents is understanding the generational characteristics that shape many of their priorities. We’ve partnered with a well-known expert on multi-generational workplaces to deliver training programs for our lawyers in the US and globally.
We've hosted a number of seminars on topics that aim to support parents of children of all ages, includingsafety (how to keep children safe online), raising boys and raising girls, and first aid.