Have you ever taken a survey and thought, why do these questions matter? Does what I say actually have an impact? Can I really give my honest opinion? Does someone actually care about my answers?
We’ve created a paralegal survey with questions that do matter and whose results have the potential to make a huge impact on the paralegal profession as a whole. Your opinion matters, and we want to hear it.
Prefer to Listen Instead of Read?
I want you to participate in this paralegal survey because it is not your typical survey asking about salary, benefits, and billable hours but goes beyond those questions to really dive into the issues facing the paralegal workplace today.
Trust me; I know that there are a lot of surveys out there, and there is nothing more valuable than a paralegal’s time.
So why should you take the time to complete this survey on top of or instead of other surveys out there?
Well, because this survey asks the important questions. While knowing basic information like salary, experience level, billable hour requirement, and job benefits are valuable data for getting an idea of who you are on paper, I want to know how you feel at work.
Are you happy at your current workplace?
Do you enjoy going to work?
Do you feel like you’re being paid what you’re worth?
Do you feel valued by the attorneys you work with?
And my hope is that if the answer to some of these questions is no, the results of this survey can shed some light on the current state of the paralegal profession.
Results that Can Make a Difference
Here are three things I hope to see come out of this paralegal survey:
- Managers and attorneys could see the results of this paralegal survey and realize that changes need to be made before more resign and create larger staffing shortages.
- More importantly, if you’re not happy and you see the results indicate that you’re not alone in that feeling, you may muster up the courage to talk to someone about it and see if they’d be willing to make some changes. You might be surprised to learn that your attorney has no idea how dissatisfied you are and will want to do what they can to fix it.
- You get an opportunity to freely express how you feel in the workplace. It just feels good to answer these kinds of questions honestly and anonymously because it gets it off your chest and out of your head. Keeping things bottled up doesn’t help anyone.
You may have heard of a trending new phrase called quiet quitting. This is when you’ve completely checked out and have become disengaged at work. You don’t care much about career growth or getting a raise, but you don’t want to quit. You just put in your time, eight hours a day, every day, back and forth from home and work, doing nothing more than the bare minimum.
This may be fine for a while, especially when you’re experiencing burnout, but you don’t want to continue this way for the next 20 to 30 years.
A Paralegal Survey Designed with You in Mind
This survey was created with you in mind. I wanted to set this survey up after hearing far too often about so many paralegals who have just up and quit. They’re not just quiet quitting. They’re quitting with intention and not just their jobs. They’re leaving the paralegal profession entirely.
If you’re like most paralegals, you’ve invested a lot of time, money, and energy into your paralegal career. I think it would be a waste to just give up on it, where there might be a way to fix some of what you feel is causing you to have a negative experience. If nothing else, this paralegal survey will result in opening up the conversation about it.
You could even use the survey results as a way to start a conversation with your manager or attorney. Something along the lines of, “Hey, have you seen this paralegal survey about job satisfaction?” Hint, hint.
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Whether you call it the great resignation, the lifestyle reset, or quiet quitting – everyone has their own opinion on what it is and what has caused it. But I’d like to get it straight from the source, and this paralegal survey does that. It asks you why.
Job Satisfaction Has a Huge Impact
I’m hoping to see that the conversations I’ve had and the posts on social media we’ve all read are just isolated incidents. That there isn’t a wealth of people in the entire profession that are feeling dissatisfied.
Could it just be isolated pockets of people who happen to work in places that are not fulfilling?
Maybe the majority of paralegals are happy in their careers doing work that is rewarding and feeling like they are appreciated and being paid what they deserve.
That is what I want for every single one of you.
That’s what I had when I was a paralegal. I loved my paralegal career. In fact, many aren’t aware of this, but in my first year as a paralegal manager, I wanted to quit every single day.
I wanted to go back to being a paralegal because I missed it so much. I had a wise mentor of mine who told me to give it a couple of years before giving up. She told me if I stuck it out, I’d be able to make a bigger impact. So I did. And before I knew it, I was six years in and so glad that I listened to her that first year.
But I even find myself now missing being a paralegal.
In our Litigation Boot Camp, I talk about how overtime never really bothered me. I worked a lot of overtime – way too much for what is a healthy, normal lifestyle. But it didn’t bother me because I enjoyed what I was doing.
Now, I wasn’t doing cartwheels down the hall on Saturday mornings, but it didn’t feel like work when I was enjoying everything I was doing day after day.
I want you to have that.
Take the Survey and Share It!
This paralegal survey will only take a short amount of time to complete, and we hope once you’ve taken it, you’ll share it with at least three colleagues or friends who are paralegals. The more responses we get, the better the results.
Share it on social media, put it in your Paralegal Association newsletters, and let’s get tens of thousands of paralegals to share their experience in the paralegal profession.
We’ll leave it open long enough to get a good amount of responses, and in a couple of months, we’ll evaluate the results and share our findings!