Gen Y, also known as Millennials, were born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s - a time of great technological change and innovation. Having grown up as “digital natives,” Gen Y has changed the workforce as we know it, embracing technology, mobility and location independence.
What does Gen Y mean for the legal community? While many law firms may still take a traditional approach to technology and productivity, Gen Y attorneys have different ideas and are helping to revolutionize the way that firms operate.
Here are three things that you should know about your Gen Y attorneys:
- They’re not the “kids” anymore. The oldest members of Gen Y are in their mid-thirties and are among the experienced attorneys at your firm. Therefore, millennial attorneys are likely to be a driving force in shaping the culture, behaviors and attitudes at your firm.
- They find productivity in small moments and odd places. If you see one of your Gen Y attorneys at a coffee shop, engrossed in their mobile device, you might assume that they are texting their friends about happy hour plans. You might be surprised to learn that it is more likely that are completing a client-related task or recording their time. Gen Y is extremely efficient when it comes to using small blocks of time away from the office to complete tasks related to client work.
- For Gen Y, mobile technology is a given. Therefore, when what they consider to be “basic tasks” cannot be performed on-the-go, they get frustrated. Similarly, when technology is bulky, out-of-date or inconvenient to use, they will become disheartened. Law firms will find greater success in driving accuracy and compliance in timekeeping, when they empower their attorneys to practice contemporaneous time entry and other daily functions associated with their role through their mobile devices.
How has Gen Y changed your firm? How do you anticipate millennials will continue to shape the future of your firm? Share your comments below.