The legal world is intense; there’s no getting around it. If you work at a law firm, then the films and television shows of attorneys and paralegals eating Chinese until dawn is not too far from the truth… especially when on the cusp of a large court hearing. Taragh Bracken loved law growing up, as she took law school in Ireland and completed the bar in Whitby, Ontario. The Taragh Bracken Law Firm is a stately firm known by all in the Greater Toronto Area.
When asked about her work-life balance, Taragh chuckled to say that that was just a figment of your imagination. Sure, she will take months off for a vacation to compensate for loads of overtime, which is when she spends ample time with her daughter and husband. But despite the long work hours, this strong-headed lawyer has found ways around loving her job—for all it is!
When the work that you are completing is meaningful to you, then the overtime doesn’t phase you as much. In Taragh’s case, she deals with make-or-break family suits that are of significant importance to her clients. It’s as though she’s holding the glass that is their united bond, and if it shatters into a million pieces, then it’s on her.
Take it from a well-known happiness researcher, Adam Grant: The more meaningful any individual finds their work, the more likely they will be happier and productive. So if you feel as though you’re making a grand, positive impact on the world by doing your work, you’re going to be more involved in the process.
Size Doesn’t Matter
Also, the size of the goal that you’re working towards doesn’t matter. It can be as simple as training a new employee to do the best job possible, thus building them up for success. Or it can be as large as planting hundreds of trees every week to help the environment. No matter the size of the goal, the effects will be just the same.
The show, You Appreciate Your Colleagues.
Even if you are not in a superior role, making others feel appreciated is one of the most impactful things you can do to brighten up someone’s day. Especially if you are a manager, you should always thank your employees for their hard work, especially if they continuously go above and beyond. If not, you could lose a stellar employee to a company that will take the time to be present and show their loyalty and appreciation.