Bending over backwards - how City law firms are handling the flexible working question
At first glance flexible working can seem like a simple issue of giving your staff a shot at achieving that elusive work/life balance. But closer inspection shows that the City's top law firms take different, and at times opposing, views on the pros and cons of flexible working arrangements. Not least of these is whether boosting flexibility is a means to improving female retention, with some firms seeing this as a core reason for such initiatives, while others are wary of making the connection. However, there is at least consensus that flexible working is not just about working less hours. With four-day week or nine-day fortnight arrangements on the march, the most common mode of flexible working seems by far to be remote working - boosted by new technology - but other new ideas such as lawyer job-sharing are also being tried out.
Offering staff the chance to work flexibly has become de riguer for forward-thinking City law firms – but has anyone really found the answer? Sofia Lind reports
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