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With the effects of Covid-19, in 2020, lawyers, law firms and legal teams have found themselves working from home on an immediate, semi-permanent basis. Considering that most lawyers are able to carry the majority of their work from any location, at any time, they are arguably good candidates to take advantage of flexible working.
However, as with any workplace change, culture, ways of working and employees are invariably impacted, and businesses therefore need to adapt in order to thrive in the new environment.
The aim of the article is to help legal professionals work from home more effectively, by providing practical advice on reducing stress, solving communication issues and managing remote teams.
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, lawyers who attempted flexi-working felt pressure to overperform. Law firms are a breeding ground for presenteeism – the perceived importance of being seen at your desk and hitting billable hours targets well into the evenings and weekends.
In a team, stress promotes more sickness absence, higher staff turnover, complaints, grievances and decreased performance, meaning that employers are addressing the ‘wellness’ issue head on, and certainly more proactively during the Coronavirus pandemic.
To manage the potential stress, flexible working requires a hefty dose of self-regulation. Here are a few ideas:
Communication is key when working remotely. A wide range of options in video-conferencing solutions means that face-to-face meetings are easier to replicate than ever, and chat platforms like Slack can make collaborative working quick and easy and keep the lines of communication open.
However, communicating virtually throws up more challenges than are immediately obvious, particularly when communicating online becomes the new, and every day, normal. Our tips for avoiding common issues for virtual meetings are as follows:
Similarly, managing teams of lawyers remotely requires line managers and employers to focus on getting the basics right. Managing a remote team varies widely from managing a team in an office, here are our hints and tips:
Businesses need to help create environments that nurture talent and manage legal employee’s wellbeing effectively. This is more challenging when working remotely, as the usual communication queues and motivational tools can become lost online.
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Amy is an established writer and researcher, having contributed to publications, such as The Law Society, LPM, City A.M. and Financial IT. Her role at LexisNexis UK involved leading content and thought leadership, as well as writing research reports, including "The Bellwether Report 2020, Covid-19: The next chapter" and "Are medium-sized firms the change-makers in legal?"
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