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dc.contributor.advisorMendaglio, Sal
dc.contributor.authorPasyk, Victoria Summer
dc.date2019-11
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-06T21:12:56Z
dc.date.available2019-09-06T21:12:56Z
dc.date.issued2019-09-04
dc.identifier.citationPasyk, V. S. (2019). The Billable Hour and its Impact on Lawyer Subjective Wellbeing and Burnout (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/110875
dc.description.abstractMany lawyers experience high workloads, challenging clients, and imposed expectations on the amount they bill, yet purport to have high job satisfaction. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the impact of billable hours and practices on lawyer subjective wellbeing and burnout. Fifty-six lawyers responded to questions on the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI), the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI), and a questionnaire developed by the researcher that examined lawyer job satisfaction, billing practices, and demographic information. ANOVAs and MANOVAs were used to determine whether levels of billing targets or types of billing practices were related to burnout or wellbeing while thematic analysis was utilized to examine job satisfaction. A correlation matrix was also created to examine the relationships between variables. Results demonstrated no statistically significant differences between levels of billing targets and scores on the PWI and CBI, however in comparison to other research studies, levels of burnout were significantly higher in the lawyer population. Burnout scores were also equally high across billing targets and practices. Lawyers had similar scores on the PWI as the Australian public, however rated health and community connectedness substantially lower. Correlations revealed that job satisfaction was significantly correlated with both burnout and wellbeing. Lawyers were also satisfied with their jobs, however thematic analysis suggested that lawyers desire changes in the industry and workplace to make their experience more positive. Results of this study suggest changes need to be made to both the culture of the professions and the milieu of the workplace.en_US
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.en_US
dc.subject.classificationEducational Psychologyen_US
dc.titleThe Billable Hour and its Impact on Lawyer Subjective Wellbeing and Burnouten_US
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
dc.publisher.facultyWerklund School of Educationen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/36953
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (MSc)en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducation Graduate Program – Educational Psychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDomene, José F.
dc.contributor.committeememberMudry, Tanya E.
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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.