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We asked our survey respondents whether life has gotten better or worse in the past year. Here is a sample of their responses: Better: I became ill and was hospitalized � I now am not worked to death. Worse: Significant downsizing and work overload transformed legal services from being key business influencers to being the bottleneck. Better: I’m no longer working seven days a week like I did at my last job. Worse: Too much work, too few people, cost-cutting pressure, some senior managers do not appreciate us. Physical space is horrible. Better: More responsibility and greater hands-on involvement in legal work. Worse: Management is even more Machiavellian; more stress and job uncertainty; no budget to attend seminars and join professional organizations. Better: I’ve realized that I can’t possibly keep up with the influx of work due to short staffing, so I now leave more work at work. Worse: Stupid, unnecessary governmental interference increased my workload! Better: Slower economy has meant less work. Worse: More work because vacated positions are eliminated and the work gets spread around. Better: Hiring more head count; wrapping up a large litigation Worse: Lower employee morale as a result of cost-cutting, layoffs, and no prospect of advancement. Better: I leave at 5 � 6 p.m. and almost never take home work or work on the weekends. Worse: Increased pressure to accomplish more with fewer resources and severe budget constraints. Better: I am the boss.

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