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Law firms have to constantly evolve to attract talent and meet the needs of current and prospective employees. In the realm of employment perks and benefits, experts say these successful firms of the future will promote agile working practices and focus on the wellbeing of their employees.
Mary Bonsor, co-founder of F-Lex, argues that attitudes towards perks depend on generational differences. Increasingly, Bonsor claims, Generation Z seems interested in benefits other than simply pay. ‘Remuneration seems less important,’ Bonsor says, ‘but flexibility and allowing employees to pursue courses at the same time have taken on a novel importance.’
Debbie Holmes, director of human resources at Sackers, agrees with Bonsor: ‘The next generation of lawyers is looking for much more flexibility on working practices and to benefit from initiatives that give them more control over their working hours and working location.’
Experts suggest that companies should encourage this shift towards flexibility. ‘Agile working practices,’ Holmes argues, ‘will remain at the forefront of the next generation of lawyers’ minds, and firms should be prepared to receive an increasing number of requests from lawyers looking for something different from the five-day office-bound week’.
Agile working has the additional benefit of promoting employee wellbeing, which serves both employee and employer. As Alison Unsted, head of global diversity, inclusion and wellbeing at Hogan Lovells, says: ‘Giving people more control over how they manage their home-life with their career has been linked with increased positive health behaviours. Historically, the lack of flexibility/work-life balance was perceived to be an issue for retention of wom
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