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How to Plan for Staffing Growth

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No matter how small or large your law firm is today, you must plan for growth and the need to hire more people. Here are a few tips on how to plan for the growth of your workforce.

  1. Assess capacity. If you want to grow your client base, it’s inevitable that your current staff will eventually reach work capacity. Assess what the capacity is of your law firm at your current staffing levels, and then figure out how much staff you must add if your workload grows.
  2. Create specialized jobs. When you’re small, it’s common to have one person doing several different jobs. But if you want to grow and keep your law firm healthy and your employees happy, you will need to create positions for specific tasks. Figure out which jobs are the most important and which jobs will become more demanding as your law firm client base increases. The jobs that will demand more will need one person who is solely dedicated to working that job.
  3. Get a vision. If you’re serious about growing your law firm, it’s not possible to stay small. Create a vision of what your law firm’s staffing levels will look like once you reach your revenue and client goals. Your vision should also address what staffing levels you need when you’re midway to your overall goal.
  4. Imitate worthy competitors. If there is a competing law firm that does hiring and retention really well, follow their lead. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel when you’re growing your law firm’s workforce. Imitate your competitors’ best strategies and figure out what you can do better.

If you want to grow and meet increasing client demands, you must be prepared to increase your law firm’s capacity to get the work done.

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