This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of court reporter school online at her blog Court Reporter Schools. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology is relatively a baby when we take into account that there wasn't much of it around 25 years ago. But, its growth has been explosive, especially over the last decade. Technology has advanced in rapid leaps and bounds and has overtaken most of us; even the ones who were fast enough to have kept up are constantly buried in an avalanche of innovations and inventions, each more sophisticated than its predecessor.
We now live in a world of gadgets; we live virtually inside the Internet; and we are so dependent on technology that most of us have forgotten the world that existed before the machines took over. Legal offices, especially the ones that were established more than 30 years ago and are still plodding along with respectability and pride in their heritage, are at times hesitant to embrace technology with open arms. In fact, while some firms take to it like a fish to water, others are wary and tread water carefully before being assured that they can manage the new gizmos and software.
But there's the third kind that sticks to their roots and tries to just ignore technology and sweep it under the carpet. If you're an attorney and find yourself technologically challenged, here's why you must effect some positive changes at your firm:
- Technology improves productivity: With machines being programmed to take care of routine tasks, your staff is free to handle matters that are of higher importance. When you're able to delegate chores that are drudgery but which have to be done anyway to technology, you find that you have more time on your hands and more patience to handle cases that deserve more of your attention.
- Technology cuts costs: In the long run, you will save money when you invest in technology today. You can run your office with fewer staff members and also boost efficiency if you use the technology correctly and in the right manner.
- Technology makes your job easier: Whether you're arguing a case in court or just preparing a deposition, technology makes your job much easier. It also allows you to try your cases with a visual aspect and permits documents to be searched and sorted easily.
- Technology impresses clients: When the rest of the world has embraced it, if you lag behind, clients are not going to be impressed enough to walk into your office. Once they realize that you are keeping up with the times and utilizing all the ammunition that's available to fight your cases, they tend to have more confidence in your abilities.
- Technology is here to stay: It's as simple as that; if you don't take to technology today, you're going to find yourself outdated and irrelevant in a very short time. So don't put off the inevitable, and embrace innovation today.