Wishing you positivity and prosperity for 2021
This year had only just begun when the whole country was jolted by the realities of COVID. We were in shock and disbelief. Many have faced real tragedy. Meanwhile life and work continued. We found quiet corners of our homes to adapt and focus on our work. We worked at all hours. We slept at all hours. We even figured out the perfect pillow configuration on our couches to keep ourselves propped up and comfy to work when we felt we had nothing left.
We laughed and cried. We zoomed through interruptions from all our pets, children, postal deliveries and technical glitches. We made it.
To all the marketers, you stepped up in 2020. It is no small feat to get through this year and, whether you are limping to the finish line, or racing towards it, you did it with grace and tenacity.
The happiest of holidays to you.
What mattered most to marketers this year
A deep dive on the impact of COVID-19 in the legal marketing industry
In May 2020, KHS People conducted the survey "Legal Marketing Peer Check in: how are you doing" for legal marketing professionals. The purpose was to see how things were going for our industry at that point in time.
In October 2020, we conducted a follow up survey, which covers topics requested by you. It is a COVID-specific survey and does a deep dive on four areas:
Marketers responded with candid insights, sentiments, and feedback. The demographics of the respondents included marketers from all firm sizes, marketers of all levels, and marketers across all the US.
Below is the story that was told.
The response by firms to Covid
Marketers are being effective, despite seeing fewer dollars
A lot more work is being done
These activities were previously not a core focus. Ten months into the pandemic, firms are now re-focusing on their longer-term goals and pursuits.
The dollars are tight.
Solutions for our industry
Consider these solutions for temporary relief during Covid:
- Give permission for a break. Your team needs your acknowledgement and permission to use their PTO or to take mental health days. Without this express endorsement, they are unlikely to take days off because of fear of being judged negatively if they do.
- Lead by example. If team leaders are working around the clock, not looking after their physical and mental health, and not respecting boundaries whilst working from home, the team doesn't feel empowered to do the same.
- What is your plan for alleviating your team now (and in 2021)? An open dialogue helps just about any situation. Team leaders should communicate their knowledge and understanding about this issue to their team, and - together - suggest solutions. Individual marketers may very likely have different 'fixes' for the current workload issues; it will be different for everyone.
- Reallocate the work. Marketers don't typically shy away from the opportunity to upskill. Speak to each member of your team about their true capacity and work hours to make decisions about any reallocation.
- Be professionally vulnerable. Encourage your team to share with you about what is going on for them and what they may need as a result of their own personal circumstances. To read more on this, visit our recent blog where CMO's share on this very issue.
- Seek other perspectives. If team members are at a loss on how to solve this issue, seek the support and perspective of industry peers. Simply sharing and listening how others have dealt with similar issues is a powerful thing. New ideas and solutions will start to unfold as you learn from others.
Working from home options
Contact us to dive deeper into these issues, or to give us your take on this issues; we love to listen.
Kate Harry Shipham is the Principal of KHS People LLC, an executive search firm for BD and marketing people in professional services firms. Kate has done search and recruiting for 12 years and prior to that was an attorney. She loves what she does, and is always open to continuing the discussion: firstname.lastname@example.org
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