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Indianapolis, IN, United States, 2006/06/06 - Since 9/11 our country’s values have shifted to spending more time with family and friends. Thus the need for Work-Life Balance is a top priority. Errand and concierge services are providing the solution individually and in business.
Every working person feels the need for work-life balance. The legal community is recognizing the challenges as work-life balance was recently addressed by a Task Force created by The Boston Bar Association. Although the findings address lawyers concerns, the problem extends to all legal professionals.
A legal career is not an easy job. Attorneys’ work in excess of 45 hours per week because billable hour requirements measure performance. Judges’ are overwhelmed compared to years past because of increased docket caseloads and the many factors of trials, hearings, motions and briefs. Legal staffs face increased stress because of workloads, productivity and their value being determined by commitment and performance.
Cost effective measure are common throughout Corporate America and the practice of law is no different. Times have changed and attorneys no longer have one-on-one secretaries, legal assistants or paralegals. Common practice is 3 sometimes 4 assignments to one staff member. Attorneys work their cases and assist other attorneys at the same time. With so many roles to fulfill, maintaining a level of productivity while managing stress of work and home makes life very complicated.
The latest and popular benefit offered in the legal community is work-life balance programs. This benefit is proving not only to be an excellent resource for recruitment, retention and morale boosting but is proven to increase employee focus, reduce absenteeism, relieve stress and extend a level of order between career and home. Work-life balance programs communicate concern for well being and willingness to assist employees achieve balance.
The newest trend - errand and concierge services are giving legal professionals the ability to ease stress and balance work and home. These “angels of time” bring hope and offer a solution to maintain a level of order in their busy lives, are a breath of fresh air and very affordable!
The work-life program consists of membership fee, tailored lists, company paid or cost to employees, specific day for performance and during business hours (as long as permissible). In the legal field for over 23 years, Jackie witnessed peers and clients struggle with accomplishing all that needed to be done. “On the work front were projects, deadlines, meetings, and professional functions. On the homefront was grocery shopping, dinner, kids’ functions, volunteerism, meeting repairmen,” says Jackie Murphy, founder of EK Errands Express, Indianapolis, IN.
EK Errands Express (ek-errands-express.com) was established based on the need for work-life balance and desire to make life simple. “It was important to give back to the legal community and I had two ways of doing that,” says Murphy, “use my legal experience for business services and at the same time offer personal solutions for home responsibilities giving back time for home, family and leisure.” EK Errands Express’ success is apparent by its popularity – more than 60 clients the first year in business and the number continues to grow.
Everyone needs more time and the work-life balance benefits Errand & Concierge Services offer are a WIN-WIN solution – personally or professionally.