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Even a few years ago, the idea of lawyers working remotely - and not in a plush office – would have seemed eccentric. For many people, lawyers are perceived as stuffy professionals who reside in expensive offices surrounded by leather-bound books and rich mahogany. But the world is changing and the profession has evolved to meet the new demands of both employees and clients.
Today is National Work from Home Day (#nwfhd) and to celebrate a brave new world of flexibility we have collected top tips from several lawyers at Lexoo and several employees at our own LexisNexis UK. While some of these should come as no surprise, it is often the non-obvious tips that can make the most difference. So here are our top 7 tips:
The speed and reliability of an Internet connection was by far and away the most important factor identified by the lawyers and workers that shared their experiences with us. The importance of a high quality broadband is largely because it is the key enabler of working from home. Without it, working remotely is hardly feasible. So the top tip here is to ensure you spare no expense in getting access to the best quality.
On a related note: it is important to ensure you have decent mobile phone reception for calls with clients and colleagues.
The second most common tip was to ensure you have the right set up at your remote working spot – whether that is at home or elsewhere. If you do work from home, many people felt it important to have separate work space. To clearly delineate between spaces where you are ‘home’ and where you are working. As one LexisNexis employee notes:
“A comfortable working environment is also essential if you're working for long periods - I use a docking station for my laptop and have separate screen, keyboard and mouse as you would in the office”
In a similar vein, two of the lawyers using the Lexoo platform shared their advice:
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