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FindLaw's Approach to Work-Life Balance

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on October 27, 2015 4:52 PM

The struggle for a good work-life balance is something professionals of all stripes are well acquainted with. Professional success requires immense dedication, but so does personal fulfillment.

Thankfully, FindLaw is a company where you can have both a challenging career and a rewarding personal life. Here's how.

Focus on Flexibility

A healthy work-life balance is impossible without a company culture that encourages balance. "Creating work-life balance in a company is a choice," according to Paul D'Arcy, senior vice president at Indeed, the job-search website. Indeed recently ranked Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company, as one of the 25 best companies for work-life balance, as well. Flexibility is key to that ranking, D'Arcy says. After pay and location, flexibility is one of the most important factors to employees, he says. It even comes out ahead of benefits.

That flexibility is something we value here at FindLaw. Many of FindLaw's employees come from the legal and tech sector, where working through the night is the norm and having a robust home life is not. Take, for example, FindLaw's work-from-home policy. Many employees spend a day or two working out of the office. Telecommuting allows FindLaw employees to stay connected to the office while working closer to their families. To paraphrase Virginia Woolf: a cubicle is nice, but sometimes you need a room of one's own.

Stuck in More Than the Office

Of course, having time for a home life is about more than just the hours you spend in the office. Hours stuck in traffic can keep workers from enjoying a balanced life, whether they're stuck work late or not. Thankfully, FindLaw's Sunnyvale office is just in the shadow of one of the country's best cities for public transit.

San Francisco, our urban neighbor to the north, has earned a transit score of 80.5, according to Walk Score. Walk Score measures how well a location is served by public transit. That 80.5 represents "excellent transit," where public transportation is convenient for most trips. When it comes to public transit, San Francisco ranks only second to New York City, according to Walk Score.

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