Whether they’ve set a general return date or not, many law firms are still going to bring people back to their offices. But the cohort that comes in won’t be the same as the one that left in early 2020.

Between new hires and departures and a new focus on maximizing in-office interactions, plus a new recognition of home-life stressors and the toll taken by a virus that’s killed millions, firm leaders will have a new mix of employees on their hands, both literally and psychologically.