Which one is preferable in a professional firm? This is a difficult question because it has a hundred answers. Are you an early careerist or an experienced hire? Early careerists are at the liberty of the team that they are on and the Senior Associates, Managers, Directors or Partners that are leading their team and calling the shots. You will need to work the hours necessary to get time with your leader and their boss, and be at the office when your clients need you the most.
If you are an experienced hire, your work schedule will depend upon your client’s needs and the Partner that is coaching you to arrive at the next level.
It is always best to watch the habits of the most successful leaders in your organization. Great leaders lead by example. Following their lead will help you to form your path. The truth is that success is about results. You must achieve results and accomplish your tasks efficiently and effectively to form a valuable brand. In a professional service firm, you also will need to focus on a specialty area to stand out from your peers.
Once you have been at the firm for several years, your hours and habits will begin to form to the current stage of your life. If you are married and have small children in childcare, you will probably choose to be at the office early and out by 6. As your children enter elementary school, middle school, high school, and move through the various phases of their life, each carries a different schedule and you will find your schedule morphing to match the needs of your family.
Focus on developing a brand that is about achieving amazing results, not one that is focused on the number of hours at the office. You can do both. You can achieve amazing results and also be at the office the necessary times to get face time, build good team relationships, and form a brand that says that you are dependable and you can get the job done.
by Bethany Williams