Think about this: waking up and “getting ready” for work by just taking a few steps to your home office or kitchen, opening up your laptop, and beginning and ending your workday all without ever leaving your home. This thought may be relatively new to some, but for many others it may be the ideal work situation. When I worked at my first law firm in Center City over 15 years ago, work-from-home policies rarely existed. Law firms, which are terrified of change, certainly never had them. But times have changed.
Employers have been inundated with data and research in recent years about millennials and their takeover as the largest generation in the current workforce. Millennials want, and expect, more from their employers than prior generations. Say goodbye to the days of employees loyally working for a company for 20 or 30 years and welcome the era of jumping ship when employee needs are not met. Old-school requirements of face time, and the need to laboriously work from dusk to dawn in the office are outdated and are not sustainable. This is true not only for millennials, but for most of our workforce including GenX and GenZ (an entrepreneurial generation with even higher demands). Law firms afraid to acknowledge this change should know that the average worker who has the ability to work from home is not only more engaged but is often more productive! Further, new technology is being developed almost daily, making work from home easier, more efficient and seamless. These policy changes benefit law firms and lawyers alike. Law firms can use flexible policies to attract greater talent that are drawn to a more livable work schedule, while saving money by lowering overhead and other administrative costs.
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