Last year, one of our senior lawyers returned after a year of maternity leave. She returned working part time, three days a week. As most of us Big Firm lawyers are aware, “part time” is a misnomer that does not really exist, which means she regularly finds herself working on her days off. The advantage for her is that her budgets are set based on a three-day workweek. So, with a bit of ‘overhang’ work on her non-work days (which she does usually from home), she is now easily able to make and exceed her budget without really raising much of a sweat.
About four months out from the end of financial year, this senior lawyer began the process of applying for a promotion to Senior Associate. As we were in the throes of a global financial crisis, everyone’s budgets had taken a hammering, and as a result, she looked like a shining star compared to the rest of us.
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