For Lawyer Work Life Balance do as Tiffaney did:
Not all law offices are the same.
I am reminded of my former paralegal, Tiffaney. She was a master at lawyer work-life balance in that she always made great efforts to enjoy all aspects of her work, her work environment, and her relationships with her colleagues and clients.
After Tiffaney moved on from family law and chose to work in a different legal area, she was jolted when joining a new law office. Although she was pleased about this new area of law, she was not initially pleased with her new work environment.
Although the offices were nicely appointed, there was a problem with the lack of a social atmosphere.
She noted that there were few personal conversations, most lawyers always had closed doors, and there was an overall chilly personal atmosphere. The lawyers and staff rarely chatted or joked. They certainly never socialized with each other.
Tiffaney was not prepared to spend 40+ hours of her life each week at “work” while missing out on deeply held values that made her life fulfilling. Those values included human connection, having fun, and enjoying herself.
Just because she was at work, it did not mean that she had to forgo experiencing the values she found so important to her.