Will We Return to the Office or Will We Continue to Work from Home? Or NEITHER?: Legal Technology Trends

This week’s blog post for IPRO’s blog is about whether organizations will return to the office as the pandemic winds down (hopefully).

Last week, I wrote about whether virtual court proceedings are here to stay and the benefits and challenges of conducting court proceedings virtually.  But the courtroom is just one type of venue impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for legal industry professionals.  The next question is, will they return to the office anytime soon, or ever?  And if required to return to the office, how will they react?

Based on survey results of business lawyers and of workers in general, it seems that most workers seem to want a permanent shift to home working – at least some of the time.  Workers cite a variety of concerns about going back to the office, including losing the flexibility they’ve enjoyed while teleworking, getting back to their pre-pandemic routines, health worries and (my favorite concern) having to make small talk again with co-workers.  Oh, the horror!  😉

So, what percentage of people want to continue to work from home vs. return to the office?  How are law firms handling the return to the office?  What are a surprising percentage of people considering if their employers aren’t flexible about remote work?  You can find out on Ipro’s blog here. 😉  It’s just one more click!

One more question: Who is that on today’s graphic? The hint is in this song, which is appropriate for today’s topic!

So, what do you think?  How is your firm or organization handling a potential return to the office?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.  And Happy Independence Day to our US readers!

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