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You Can Go Home Again

Maybe you can't go home again, but you can go back to your home away from home -- or rather, your law firm job.  That's the message of this article, In Tight Markets, More Firms Look to Rehire Alumni (National Law Journal, 10/27/06) which reports that large firms:

are realizing that maintaining contacts with departed lawyers through concerted alumni efforts is key to enticing top talent to return to the fold. Alumni programs, no longer simply mechanisms for referral business or for client development, now are focused, at least in part, on bringing back attorneys who leave for perceived greener pastures.

Consequently, firms are creating Web site-based alumni directories and alumni magazines or hosting casual parties or networking events to keep former firm employees in touch with the firm and vice versa.  And the efforts are even reaching women who leave firms not for other jobs, but for motherhood:  According to the article, Skadden, Arps has launched a maternity leave contact program.

Maybe the firms are onto something.  Instead of investing in programs to prevent associate attrition, why not set discontent associates free to sow their oats -- and later on, welcome them back to the fold?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on October 30, 2006 at 06:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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