London firm Taylor Wessing encourages 'healthy competition' between associates

May 9, 2011 London firm Taylor Wessing has introduced a novel policy to increase productivity among associates – releasing details of each associate’s recorded hours to their colleagues.

There is more than one way of looking at a policy like this: it might be founded on the merits to healthy competition, or the idea that humiliation before one’s peers is likely to encourage better higher productivity. Perhaps a little of both. But Taylor Wessing is not the only firm doing it: at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain each associate’s computer has a screen display that changes colour depending upon profitability – red for those layers that are costing the firm money, yellow for those that are doing okay but need to try harder, and green for the most profitable lawyers.

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