Law firms continue to be challenged by high female attrition rates with 76% of women lawyers leaving their firm within 5 years. A result that leads to financial loss and a drain on knowledge and client relationships.
Becoming a parent shouldn’t be a barrier to success. Yet, for many mothers it is. The stress of managing parenting responsibilities with the demand of work takes a professional and personal toll.
LD | Consulting helps firms rethink how they manage and support their associates going through the transitions of parenthood.
Our strategies don’t aim to transform the industry. Instead, we work with you to identify where your firm can do better to support your associates as they prepare and manage their careers during the transitions of new parenthood.
This includes new policies and programs, as well as training for managers, and expecting and new parents.
– Improve bottom line savings by lowering attrition rates. At 400-person law firms, associate attrition can result in losses of over $25 million annually
– Seamlessly transition knowledge and client relationships during parental transitions
– Preserve productivity at every stage by helping parents effectively plan
– Reduce negative impacts to mental and physical health for returning associates
– Improve communication between managers and associates during parental transitions
– Increase feelings of inclusion and being valued, leading to higher motivation, confidence and loyalty
Through lunch and learns or more formal training sessions, we help associates – both mothers and fathers – develop the skills and strategies they need to balance the demands of their careers at each stage of early parenthood. This includes learning to communicate their goals, influence stakeholders, and manage their careers within the context of family responsibilities.
Our manager and HR training sessions equip your leaders to more effectively support and engage your employees as they progress through pregnancy, maternity leave and as they return to work after baby.
We begin with understanding where your firm is today – collecting the data to diagnose where the opportunities lie. Completing a current-state analysis leads to identifying programs and practices that will bring you closer to your objectives.
We then get to work on implementation. As we do, we put in place the right structures and ensure key stakeholders – HR, managers and associates – understand their roles and are equipped to support the new direction.
We help you redesign your talent management processes to better support employees as they transition to parenthood. We begin by mapping current processes to identify improvements that will unlock an individual’s full potential and support them in achieving their goals as well as those of their business.
LD | Consulting is a boutique consultancy that partners with progressive companies to create high-performing, supportive teams where new parents can thrive.
Our network of consultants are led by Lisa Durante, a change management and communications consultant with 15 years’ experience. Working with organizations in the US, Canada and internationally, Lisa has been a guide to companies and executives as they transform their businesses and influence stakeholders to action.
Lisa Durante International Inc.