To better understand the state of work-life balance among in-house lawyers, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the world’s largest organization dedicated to corporate counsel, reached out to more than 30,000 lawyers. This study explored the perceptions, experiences and intentions of in-house counsel by tenure, department size, industry, region, gender, caregiving status and other key metrics. Findings from this study provide insight into how organizations and leaders can benefit from the positive business outcomes of encouraging and fostering a climate of work-life balance for corporate lawyers.
In every practice and industry, a large workload coupled with constant global connectivity has erased the boundaries between office and home. Even lawyers who love their work struggle with the demands of a 24/7 career. The 2014 ACC Global Work-life Balance Report reflects the views of 2,004 individuals in 43 countries who work as in-house counsel. Notable findings include:
More than half of in-house lawyers said work-life balance was a large factor in their decision to choose an in-house position.
Globally, Canada and the United States rate their happiness with work-life balance more positively than those from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and Latin America.
One in five in-house lawyers who are caregivers have had to leave a job for one that better supports their caregiving role, and 4 percent quit work entirely. One in five will consider making a change in role or position in the coming year.
Seventy percent of women caregivers say their caregiving role has had a negative impact on their opportunities for career advancement.
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