Want to Be Happy At Work?

We spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and writing about why lawyers, law firms, and legal departments should do pro bono work.

In case you need yet another reason, check out Being Happy at Work Matters, a Harvard Business Review article that combats the myth that you don’t have to be happy at work to succeed. “Happy people are better workers.”  “Those who are engaged with their jobs and colleagues work harder – and smarter.”

Research shows that to be happy and engaged at work, people need: (1) a meaningful vision of the future; (2) a sense of purpose; and (3) great relationships.

Pro bono offers a way to satisfy these three requirements and is foundational to cultivating legal professionals who will be emotionally and intellectually committed to their law firms.  Pro bono embodies firm values, gives lawyers a larger sense of purpose that goes beyond monetary gain, and enables colleagues at all seniority levels to work collaboratively toward a common goal, which fosters strong and deep relationships.

Want a happier and more engaged law firm? Create a vibrant and meaningful pro bono program.   You don’t have to reinvent the wheel or go it alone.  Contact the Law Firm Pro Bono Project for assistance.


Hat tip to PBI intern Erin Killeen for her help with this post.