Legal Industry Trend: Remote Working

Legal Industry Trend: Remote Working

More and more industries are moving towards allowing for remote work. Professionals feel more productive and comfortable working in their chosen environments, which conventional offices cannot provide.  Being steeped in tradition, the legal industry hasn’t adopted this “work from anywhere” mentality quickly. Generally, law firms continue to believe collective company spaces are necessary. Nevertheless, the growing movement of remote legal talent has been a pleasant surprise. And it seems a though remote work is destined to become the status quo. 



Location, Location, Location

If you restrict yourself to hiring only people within your area, you limit the capabilities of your firm. Because global communications have advanced greatly in the last couple of decades, the four walls of an office have become arbitrary. Allowing for remote work can open your law firm up to the possibility of not only hiring the best legal talent in your city, but the best anywhere. 

The Need for Niche Knowledge

Sometimes a firm requires specialized legal help. When you confine your business to brick and mortar, you lose out on the opportunity to hire the most effective niche lawyers. For example, if your company is need of a GDPR or CCPA compliance officer and there are none within your city, the need to allow for remote work becomes crucial. 

Legal Professional Can Focus on What They Do Best 

Daily stressors like commute costs and time can degrade anyone’s ability to work effectively (especially if the commute is sizeable). Without a remote environment, law firms are unknowingly creating an environment that’s frankly, difficult to retain talent in the long-term. Empowering legal professionals to choose their own office can help improve their productivity, morale, and overall company culture. This, in turn, saves the company the time and cost of hiring replacements.

How To Implement A Remote Hiring Plan

Remote work policies may seem tricky to implement into a firm's business model, but the main focus should be on aligning the remote team with everyone else. Properly communicating expectations and allowing for feedback is important. This allows for the addressing of any issues as they come. In your firm, this might mean setting up regular meetings to check-in with remote and onsite talent. No matter what your firm decides, make sure it allows for equal and transparent conversations. 

Being open to remote working arrangements is a vital tool for any legal department to reach its full potential in the modern world. On top of the jump in productivity and rising workplace happiness, your firm can find the legal talent it needs to achieve its goals.

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