Clifford Chance introduces a new flexible working policy that allows its UK lawyers to work remotely for 50% of their time. The lawyers and other staff are required to work for a minimum of 50% of their working hours in the office depending on the requirements for their role. The policy will come into effect after the final government restrictions by the government are lifted on 21 June 2021.
“In listening to feedback from our people and considering how to support high performance, productivity and wellbeing, we believe we should work in a more agile and flexible way than we have historically. We are therefore looking to establish an approach that will balance flexibility with the collaboration, teamwork, creativity, training, development and other benefits we gain from spending time in our office environment.””Michael Bates, Clifford Chance UK managing partner
Linklaters and Freshfields have also recently given their employees the freedom to work remotely 50% of their work time. Some other law firms that are ready to implement hybrid work policies are Norton Rose Fulbright, Squire Patton Boggs, Herbert Smith Freehills and Taylor Wessing.
As can be seen in the recent developments on this new way of working around the world and across industries, it is evident that working remotely is the choice most employees make. From lawyers and IT experts to top advertising businesses and expert recruitment agencies, it is the start of an era; the era of remote work culture.
It will be good to see how everything shapes up with a hybrid work model all through 2021 and 2022, especially after the pandemic is completely over. There will be amendments, reviews, testimonials and grievances by the mid or the end of 2022 and then we can comment on how it turned out for different industries! Until then, experience the new.
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