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THE SUITE LIFE – The pandemic has taught the world that law firm employees can work from home without being permanently sucked into a vortex of “Parks & Rec” reruns. Still, not everyone is content with remote work. Aside from missing the lilting melody of an industrial printer’s low ink warning, why are some folks anxious to get back to the office? As Patrick Smith reports, the reasons vary. For some, it’s the mere fact that their firm’s office space has more, well, space. For others, it’s a longing for the camaraderie and team-building that can happen when people are physically near each other. What remains true, however, is that, for now at least, most firms aren’t pushing the issue. For example, Jim Segerdahl, global managing partner of K&L Gates, which has 44 offices over five continents, said that, when it comes to reopening, the firm is “in different stages in different cities.” “We have in place some overall plans and guidance centered around safety first, complying with local laws and circumstances, and using best practices to incorporate as much flexibility as we can,” he said. Where do you land on this issue? What’s one thing you miss about the office and one thing you don’t? Let me know at [email protected].
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