Talk about robots and artificial intelligence is going on these days. It inevitably surfaces when firms engage me to recruit legal support staff because machines can be trained to deliver consistent service without the many human attitudes and bad habits that seem to surface.
Some of you might have taken this test that was posted by the BBC: Will a robot take your job? That there would be a 3.5% chance for barristers, solicitors and judges did not come as a surprise. The sobering forecast was there would be a 97.6% chance for legal secretaries (or legal administrative assistants, as we call them in YVR).
Soon I think, unless, you have found a way to make yourself truly indispensable to your lawyer and the firm. It does not matter whether you are a floater or receptionist or a twenty year paralegal, you can become the go-to person in your office. You can be the person who everyone goes to if they have a problem they can not solve.
Sound difficult? It is not simple, nothing worthwhile ever is, but it can be done. Because being the go-to person involves more than experience, more than legal knowledge, more than skills. It involves the right attitude and mindset, and I am not sure if there is an algorithm for a robot to use to get the right attitude and mindset.
Here are seven ways you can do to robot-proof yourself and be valued as the go-to person in your office.
There is no reason you can not become the go-to person in your office. Just not try these simple steps and you will see how easy it is. You will also see how not satisfying it is to really master not just your job, but your place in the legal community. If you need a hand in preparing to move to a new workplace, write me.