It is no news that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has revolutionized the work culture across industries around the globe. The legal sector has been impacted as well with great effect and in all fairness, the ‘new normal’ looks like it is here to stay. What does this mean for the age-old, time-tested office culture though? In this blog, we evaluate the present situation to deem whether or not, law firms are ready to reinstate the full-time work from office culture again.
Recent government regulations dictate the requirement of vaccination or consent to regular testing to allow civilian employees to return to their offices. Even then, the concern among the law firm managers remains regarding the safety of attorneys, paralegals and other staff. Ultimately, it comes down to the feasibility of the remote work practice. Large law firms, in particular, are insistent on abiding by the rules and placing the safety of their employees above all else. With the Delta wave on the rise, at least till the end of this year, it looks like remote work is here to stay.
Concerns have been raised across industries regarding how the remote work process has placed a dent in the distinction between the personal and professional lives of the law firm staff. The pandemic, as described by attorneys who are getting used to the remote work process, has destroyed personal borders rendering the attorneys accessible 24-7 with no regard to their actual work hours. Hence the main concern for attorneys remain their poor work-life balance, and of course the threat of the ever-evolving virus. As attorneys struggle to find their much-needed balance, law firms continue to evaluate the merits and demerits of the system that looks like it is here to stay.
The remote working system has presented a particular set of firms with quite the challenge- those that do not employ advanced technology in their midst. Attorneys and billing clerks initially seemed to face a few issues in communication which has been overcome with rigorous training methods and systems established infirm. This is testimony to the combined effort towards evolution being adopted by firms irrespective of size and location. As the new normal is here to stay for quite a while, it makes sense to adapt accordingly and revolutionize the work experience to enhance productivity and facilitate more effective management.
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