In our last LinkedIn poll, we learned how legal tech workers prefer to be paid. So this time around, we decided to ask what non-salary preferences professionals had. Again, we received a great response that gave us some insight into supplemental motivations important to our colleagues. These polls only allow up to 4 choices for one multiple-choice question, so we asked respondents to select their top priority from the list, and the results were fascinating:
The results from over 50 respondents ranked in order of top priority first:
37% stated “Remote/Hybrid” setups are their top concern
35% told us “Company Culture” is their top priority
29% cited “Advancement Opportunity” as the most important motivator
0% Selected “Benefits and Education Reimbursement.”
The top two selections, “Remote/Hybrid Set-Up” and “Company Culture,” are nearly tied. Combined, these results indicate a work environment that prioritizes qualities such as empathy and humanity in the workplace. I was a little surprised that no respondents selected ‘Benefits and Education Reimbursement’ as a top motivator as this would put money back in their pockets at the end of the year. And third-placed ‘Advancement Opportunity’ is also closely related to salary since a promotion typically comes with a raise.
It appears we’re seeing a trend fueled by the pandemic play out: people are tired of the hustle and corporate ladder climb, and they want to work in a place that prioritizes work-life balance. Ultimately, company culture and flexibility of work locations accounted for the major motivators for more than 70% of legal techies polled.
In my recent experience as an Executive Recruiter speaking with candidates contemplating varous employment scenarios, money has been important; however, job seekers have been more focused on work location, the ability to work on a hybrid schedule, and the company culture. The questions they’re asking to determine company culture include:
Will I be required to monitor and respond to emails at night and on the weekends?
Will I be allowed to work a flexible schedule?
Will I have the option to work remotely?
What do company vaccination policies look like?
We’re already aware that salaries have recently increased within the legal tech vertical; however, our most recent survey results indicate that non-salary issues may be the final determining factor for many individuals considering a new employer. These days, employers looking to entice top-notch talent to join their organizations should heed the adage, “Money can’t buy happiness,” and consider where they can improve work-life balance for their staff in meaningful ways.
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