Law Jobs Flex-Time: Thriving in a World of Uncertainty – Part 1 |  On Balance Search Consultants

Law Jobs Flex-Time: Thriving in a World of Uncertainty – Part 1 | On Balance Search Consultants

Confessions of a Lawyer—Is Remote Working Dead?

This is part one of a two-part series that provides insight into how law firms and attorneys are finding ways to operate in the turbulent world of uncertainty.

We live in unprecedented times, during this global pandemic, law firms have adapted by embracing technology. Lawyers went a long way to meet the challenges in this very turbulent time.

The pandemic has changed lawyers’ views on the workplace.

Before the pandemic, 90% of all lawyers worked on site. Since the pandemic, many lawyers have found that flex time is a game changer, allowing them to manage their time more efficiently. During the pandemic, many law firms have implemented remote work policies.

Summer is a slower time for most law firms, for the most part the legal industry extends remote work arrangements until the fall. After Labor Day, many companies maintain a policy of three or more days in the office. Legal secretaries and executive assistants are expected to return to the office full-time in September (Law.com).

Remote working provides a better balance and increases job satisfaction.

Working remotely has resulted in the creation of a more diverse and talented pool of lawyers who must consider childcare or health issues that prohibit them from working in the office.

For those seeking flexible time and a remote working arrangement, different firms pay attorneys the same scale whether they work remotely or in the office. An economic downturn could lead some companies to offer lawyers a 20% pay cut to work from home.

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