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LIVE CULTURES - Many law firm leaders have warned that a failure to get back into the office ASAP could permanently erode the professional culture that was in place pre-pandemic. But, as Law.com’s Lizzy McLellan writes in this week’s Barometer newsletter, it’s probably about time to accept the fact that your post-pandemic culture is going to look a lot different after a year-and-a-half that was by turns traumatic and illuminating. Not to mention the fact those halcyon days before the March 2020 lockdowns took hold probably weren’t quite as idyllic as memory serves. The secret’s now out that people can be productive working remotely, that law firm hierarchies are often inequitable and that burnout is very real. With all of that in mind, firms should be prepared to reopen their office doors to attorneys and staff who may have markedly different priorities and perspectives than they did just 18 months ago. “Leaders who lack an accurate sense of their firm’s culture, or who are clinging to a culture with which people no longer identify, will likely see those people walk out the door,” McLellan writes. “Those who create an inclusive environment shaped by people throughout the organization will see greater investment from talent at all levels.” To receive the Law.com Barometer directly to your inbox each week, click here.

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