LR Legal are happy to announce we have been shortlisted for the most flexible working strategy for The Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards 2016.
The Flexible working category is the perfect fit for the company. Our director, Leilani Reader set up LR Legal Recruitment in 2002 after experiencing the difficulties of raising a young child whilst trying to maintain a highly competitive career as an In-House lawyer. She wanted to employ her talent for people and combine it with her extensive knowledge within the legal sector whilst maintaining an even work-life balance.
Flexible working is at the heart of our company. LR Legal is made up of predominantly female fee earners and support staff all with children ranging from age 6 months to 17 years. Leilani employs ambitious, talented staff who are highly experienced not just in the legal and recruitment sectors but in life. Flexible working has allowed Leilani to find the best people for the job, the ones who have the honed skills, the most passion, who will help grow the business and deliver targets.
This business model is relatively rare in the recruitment industry and until recently almost unheard of in most law firms. There have been many lessons “confirmed” over the years, staff are very committed and the versatility offered makes the juggling of family life and working life more productive, enjoyable and manageable. Offering flexible working has been a great way to retain talent in a downturn. In the recession, part-time salaries enabled employers to keep some of their best workers – at a fraction of the cost. “We found flexibility was the best way to retain talent, it enables us to lower our overheads and still keep capabilities. Our employees love it; they get the security of a salary plus the freedom to experiment” Leilani Reader - Director
We encourage all of our clients to be open minded to flexible working and we are starting to see a definite change in even the most ‘traditional’ law firms attitude to recruitment. Offering flexible working has helped our clients widen the talent pool maintaining quality and containing costs. It has increased commitment and loyalty of staff members which in turn, translates into increased productivity and improved profitability. For employees, flexible working allows them to better balance their work life with their family responsibilities. In today’s society, both men and women want to find a balance between work, family and caring responsibilities. Clients are starting to feedback that company morale is higher with a productive and supportive working environment. The empathy, emotional and social support across the board translates to high staff retention and a good ROI.
The awards winners will be announced on October 6th 2016.
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