An Example of the Complex Pressures Facing Law Firms

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Reading Time: 2 minutes

So, if you are a firm with Morgan Stanley as a client, maybe the easy thing is to just say “hey, our huge client wants us back in the office and wants to have in-person meetings, so you’ve got to come back”.

But it’s never really that simple, is it? What do you do if your staff and lawyers really don’t want to be in the office full-time? What if some of the same people who first attracted Morgan Stanley to your firm are willing to leave to work at a firm that is more flexible?

Now that you are only recruiting among the legal folks who want to be in the office five days a week, is your talent up to snuff to keep Morgan Stanley as a client?… Read More

Linked: Brain Research Confirms Stupidity Of Back-to-Back Meetings

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Reading Time: 1 minute

The research just proves that we already know from first-hand experience, right? We’ve all been in back-to-back meetings, leaving one Microsoft Teams or Zoom call just to click the link to another, and it’s obvious which team members have done that and aren’t mentally prepared for the current meeting.

We all know it. We all schedule our meeting to end at 25 or 55 past the hour so that we don’t make people do that, and then we still run to the top or bottom of the hour anyway. Sometimes even over.

Proving, once again, that we suck at meetings. And yes, I include myself in that.… Read More

Linked: The problem isn’t remote working – it’s clinging to office-based practices

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Most things that I hear managers and CEO’s complain about remote working, like how their team feels disconnected, or suffers from “Zoom fatigue”, or might not be spending every minute of the 9-5 working for the company, are things that should have been true for those of us who worked remotely prior to 2020, but it wasn’t true.

When you design, and manage, for remote work, instead of forcing everyone to be in more meaningless meetings just so you can “see” them, or track their activities every minute of the day, these issues don’t exist.… Read More

Linked: How Different Personality Types Cope with an Always-On Culture

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The issue in mid-2021 is that there are a lot of people who have found ways to balance that suits them, and they are all a little different. So, after a year of figuring out the best way to handle our work and personal lives, individually, companies are forcing everyone back into the same template. The flexibility we had to find what works best for us as an individual, is gone. We all have to adjust back to whatever works for the CEO making this decision, as opposed to what works for us as individuals.

It’s hard to imagine that there are so many managers and executives who don’t understand this. Or maybe they just don’t care?… Read More

How Work From Anywhere Could Help Repair a Broken Employer – Employee Relationship

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Reading Time: 4 minutes

So, I left, for a job I could do from anywhere. And, most of all, I appreciate the fact that I can do this job from anywhere, even if the pandemic has meant doing it from the same exact spot in my house for the last 15 months. Because, when the time comes, I can be where I need to be, and continue working. That matters. That shows that the company trusts me, and I want to continue to earn that trust by meeting deadlines and getting my work done.

That kind of relationship, or culture if you will, seems to be missing from many companies based on what I’m seeing other people talk about, online and off. Yet, every company out there like top brag about their top-notch “culture”.

Culture isn’t what you say you do, culture is what you do together. And if, together, you have no trust between employees and management, well that’s your culture, regardless of what your mission statements says.… Read More

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