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Law Firm Starts a Wiki -- and Bribes Staff to Use It

Many times, the greatest obstacle to successful integration of new technology by a law firm is resistance from attorneys and staff who don't have the time or inclination to figure out how to use it. If that's the case at your firm, why not consider the approach of the Rosen Law Firm which bribed employees to contribute to the firm's wiki with the promise of a chance to win $1000.

As this CNN story reports:

In an effort to get his employees to collaborate more effectively, owner and chief executive Lee Rosen had decided to put his entire operation on a wiki - with a $1,000 cash prize as an incentive to use it.  At its simplest, a wiki is software that lets users work together to create and edit a collection of linked web pages....That's why all 32 employees at Rosen, from the lawyers and "life transition" coaches down to the receptionist and the guy who does the document scanning, had been creating as many pages on the wiki as they could. For each page created, they earned one new possible combination to the company safe. After three months they gathered in the conference room to see who had won the correct combination and the cash inside.

Surprisingly, the thousand dollar incentive for using the wiki cost less than the annual cost of the software itself. According to the story, the Rosen firm's will pay $600 a year to host the firm wiki at PB Wiki. The firm will begin moving all case files over to the wiki, eliminating the $100-per lawyer license fee that the firm now pays for Lotus Notes.

What does your law firm do to encourage lawyers and staff to adopt new technology?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on February 12, 2008 at 04:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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