Time Off Scores Big Time With Legal Secretaries

Taking your secretary out for lunch for Administrative Professionals Day? Chances are that he or she would rather have the day off according to the 2nd Annual Legal Secretaries Satisfaction Survey conducted online by The Weinstein Firm and NALS – the Association for Legal Professionals.

For the second year in a row, legal secretaries have low expectations for Administrative Professionals Day. Almost 43% of respondents feel that the attorneys and firms that they work for will “do nothing” today. Over 38% of secretaries feel that they will be treated to lunch while only 11% are truly looking forward to dining with their bosses. Tops on the secretaries’ wish list are either a cash bonus (34%) or part or the whole day off (22%). Gift certificates, spa days, and even simple “recognition” were also in demand by the legal secretaries surveyed.

Not surprisingly, secretaries also overwhelmingly listed “Holidays and Work Flexibility” (52%) as the most important employee benefit over “Health Insurance” (35%) and Retirement Contributions (11%). “This result tells us that legal secretaries are really trying to make the most out of life,” said Deborah Weinstein, an attorney and president of The Weinstein Firm, which designed the survey. “Taking control of your time is the most effective way to balance your personal and work lives.”

Over 6% of respondents are expecting and looking forward to Staff Appreciation Week. These weeklong events include such festivities as special staff meals, gifts, and drawings for prizes.

Overall legal secretaries are happy in their current positions. Over 88% of respondents are planning on staying with their present employer, slightly down from last years 92% figure. Satisfaction with secretarial compensation is also a bit lower than last year, 70% of secretaries describe their compensation as “excellent” or “good,” as compared to 75% in 2005.

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