Positions all along the work-life balance (WLB) continuum can coexist. There will be those who want to work hard and serve the client well and they have the right—and responsibility—to populate their firms with others embracing that same work ethic. Those who want to take life a bit easier will find havens where they can balance their needs with that of the client.
I get exasperated when those in the latter group, the WLB people, want to work in the former firms. I hear some WLBers shouting, "I am different; you change." No wonder the debate is so heated.
In the legal profession, we see lawyers of different temperaments and with varying ideas of what it means to be a member of a service profession. Yes, they can coexist, although maybe not in the same firms. Hot worms and cold worms may not belong in the same pond.
What's this about hot worms? Last year TRIAL magazine contacted me to write an article for their edition on work-life balance. They wanted me to write from the contrarian point of view, putting together some of my thoughts from past blog posts. The article I wrote is called "What we can learn from hot worms, or why it's okay to be a 'workaholic'." I link to it with permission. They asked me to include this:
Reprinted with permission of TRIAL (December 2008). Copyright American Association for Justice, formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®).
Let me know what you think of the article, please.