Having the right knowledge and skills at your disposal is of course essential for any successful law firm. But equally important is having a team that works well together, is dedicated to the company and in turn believes that the company is dedicated and committed to them. In-house legal training is a great way of ensuring that both of these points ring true for your law firm.

The benefits of a morale boost

In any business, having staff that feel overworked, undervalued and underappreciated is bad for business. Negative emotions such as these can in turn lead to underperformance, a decline in productivity, sloppy work and high staff turnover rates.

On the other hand, staff who feel like they are a vital and appreciated part of a successful, dynamic team are far more likely to consistently give their best work and full effort. Providing extra legal training for all your staff is a simple yet effective way of boosting morale, and can make relatively new employees feel like they are truly part of the team, while showing old-hands that the firm is still committed to their development.

On top of these morale-boosting benefits, extra training can help younger or less experienced employees get up to speed, and keep seasoned solicitors sharp and at the top of their game.

Why train in-house?

There are many benefits to having staff trained in-house rather than at an external training centre. Firstly there is the fact you won’t have to pay out for travel and accommodation expenses – something which can result in a particularly high training bill when large numbers of employees are involved.

In-house training can also help to create an atmosphere which is more relaxed and conducive to learning. Some people, even legal professionals, can become nervous and distracted when confronted by unfamiliar surroundings. Others may resent having to travel further afield for training. Keeping it in-house makes it convenient for all involved, and keeps costs to the firm low. It also ensures down-time during training days is kept to a minimum.

Being in their normal place of work can also help employees to more easily relate the training to real-world situations.

Getting employees ‘on-board’ with in-house training

If you’re moving the firm in a new direction, or simply expanding your services, in-house training can get your staff ‘on-board’ and excited about the coming changes. By investing in their training prior to any changes, you can reassure existing staff that you are committed to them, and that though things are changing, their importance and value is in no way diminished.

The best training is that which encourages practical teamwork, such as role-playing. This can help to foster team spirit and enable you to build a more cohesive firm or department. This is particularly important in instances where an influx of new employees are joining those who have been with the firm for many years.

Perhaps most importantly, extra legal training gives your staff the skills and knowledge they need to do their jobs well, and that can be a potent morale booster in itself.

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