The future of the global economy faces uncertain times. COVID has dealt organisations a varied hand; some will have had to let employees go over the last year and operate with a smaller team, for example.
But one defining factor impacted firms of all shapes and sizes and from all sectors – working from home (WFH) became part of their overall strategy and looks to stay put for the foreseeable future. Although some businesses will still retain offices, we believe the overall plan will be, people spending only 2 or 3 days in the office. Some businesses will probably close the smaller, regional offices. Having the right infrastructure and technology in place is critical in order to enable employees to WFH effectively, productively and securely. The legal sector is no different in this regard, with remote working a normal way of doing business for the majority of fee earners, but also back office staff too.
As legal firms look to adapt and formulate their strategies for this year and the next, it seems abundantly clear that in a vaccinated world, remote working and WFH will remain ‘normal’ for most people. Clearly, firms need to act so that their people can enjoy remote working productively and securely. The legal sector has always been willing to embrace technology and innovation, allowing forward-thinking firms to increase workforce productivity, especially amongst remote workers. Adopting the correct technologies can also significantly improve the work/life balance for users because reduced downtime means more free time to spend with family and friends.
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