Work/life balance tops lawyers' priorities list

We asked and you answered. Here's where you stand on this issue

By Todd Harrison

On Monday March 22nd, 2010


pollThe results are in from our latest online poll, which asked: “What’s the most important thing you look for in a job?”

The top answer, by a country mile, was “A healthy work/life balance.” It was cited as the primary concern of 42.5 percent of respondents. The other two top answers, “Opportunities for challenging work” and “Just show me the money,” received 26.7 percent and 20 percent of the votes, respectively.

These findings are in line with a departure away from the stereotypical notion of a workaholic lawyer — though, of course, the notion of “balance” is relative. Still, when listing priorities, it seems that Precedent readers are looking for a rich array of experiences — both at the office and away from it.

Here are the full results:

What’s the most important thing you look for in a job?

  • 42.5 percent A healthy work/life balance (51 votes)
  • 26.7 percent Opportunities for challenging work (32)
  • 20 percent Just show me the money (24)
  • 5 percent A clear path to partnership (6)
  • 4.2 percent The firm’s history and reputation (5)
  • 1.7 percent Access to technology (smartphones for all associates, no Internet restrictions) (2)
  • 0 percent Generous parental leave top-ups (0)