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Stretching out on a familiar sofa, I draw my laptop closer to my fingers, take a sip of coffee and dive into my inbox. Today is a work-from-home day, a welcome part of the week when I am able to shun the bus, loosen the grip of my Starbucks addiction, and work from the quiet of my front room with a cat on my knee. Working from home once a week is a recent addition to my professional life and has added a new dimension to my modes of working; on WFH days, I complete tasks not conducive to office working and fly through my inbox like a woman possessed. And it’s not just me that’s doing it. Flexible working is redefining how we work and has shifted our culture away from the workplace and into the home. It seems that this trend is only set to increase, as more professionals are primed to swap a desk for the kitchen table in 2018 than ever before...
The rise of flexible working is arguably one of the biggest changes to employers’ attitudes in the past 5 years; in a survey conducted by Lawrence Simmons, 50-60% of those polled said that flexible working is a vital component of any job specification compared to only 40% of respondents in 2012. The rising popularity of flexi-working is fascinating, and raises important questions about the changing nature of employee expectations, and highlights the growing calls for a better work-life balance throughout the legal profession. However, the uplift of flexi working hasn’t just been driven by user demand: many firms have been proactive in their management of flexible working, making the most of new technologies which have created a more agile workforce, enabling lawyers to consult from anywhere in the world.
We spoke with recruitment expert and Global Managing Director of Lawrence Simmons Recruitment, Clare Butler to discuss this phenomenon further. In this article, I explore what this means for recruiters and employers, getting to the heart of why the work paradigm is shifting, and discuss why flexible working matters in business.
Integrating flexible working int
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