Maybe, Maybe Not
While the lull in our usually heavy stream of legal research and technology blog entries continues, we have the opportunity to take a look at the latest on COVID-19. Of course, the major focus right now is on what a return to the office will look like. After more than a year of remote working, there is a lot to consider. Work habits have changed, the flexibility has become a big part of the work-life balance, and - let's be honest - dress codes have been lax. Simply going back is not going to be easy for a lot of people. But none of this is to say that a complete return is not possible. After all, we essentially converted to distance working over night. The question as to whether some form of work-from-home will continue on when the pandemic lifts seems to now depend on whom you talk to - or rather, for whom you work.
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- Xiumei Dong has been taking stock of what firms are telling their employees and come to the conclusion that the future is mixed. She writes, ". . . with lawyers and staff now used to the benefits of working from home, many firms are considering a long-term shift to a hybrid model that allows for both in-office and remote work." Europe and the UK seem to be leading the field in this regard, but some US firms and offices are coming around. She also notes some of thr trending effects remote working seems to be having on hiring and desk assignments / firm real estate. Get Xiumei's observations and see what some of the industry leaders are doing in: Law Firms Are Headed To Hybrid Office, Remote Work Future.
- "Between the uncertainty of what a return to the office looks like and the continued blurring of the line between home and work, the road toward a new normal is still being paved," writes Patrick Smith in his latest post. He talks with several law firm leaders about what they are seeing as offices struggle to emerge from the pandemic. As one of his interviewees notes, this is really more of a process than an event. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Dig into: When Law Firm Offices Shut, Work-Life Boundaries Crumbled. Rebuilding Them Will Be Difficult.
In limbo at home,
John J. DiGilio, MLIS, JD, Co-editor of Librarian News Digest
Firmwide Director of Research Services, Sidley Austin LLP
Founder & Editor, informed.JD
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