Is the three-day, in-office workweek the brand new established order for Biglaw companies? Based on the return-to-office plans we’ve seen up to now, this actually appears to be the case.
We not too long ago obtained phrase that Covington & Burling — a agency that introduced in $1,321,296,000 gross income in 2020, inserting it at No. 25 on the newest Am Law 100 rating — will anticipate workers to return to the agency on September 7, and will probably be utilizing a hybrid work mannequin for attorneys and workers. Here’s a pertinent excerpt from a memo that was despatched out by the agency final month:
[T]he Management Committee has decided that, as soon as our places of work are absolutely open, our attorneys, advisors and workers (whether or not full-time or part-time) ought to plan to spend a minimum of three days per week within the workplace. We imagine this may present flexibility and the advantages of working remotely, whereas on the similar time preserving the advantages of individuals collaborating in individual.
Lawyers will be capable of select whether or not they wish to work remotely, and the three days they’d choose to work within the workplace. At current, Covington doesn’t plan to require all attorneys to be within the workplace on any particular days of the week. But issues are slightly completely different for newcomers and summers:
Associates (and trainees in London) who’re new to the agency will probably be inspired – though not required – to work within the workplace greater than three days per week throughout their first 12 months on the agency, to facilitate the institution of relationships and work habits and familiarize themselves with the agency’s tradition and processes. Our summer season associates will probably be highly anticipated to work within the workplace 5 days every week.
Flexibility continues to be the best way of the long run in the case of the post-pandemic legislation agency lifestyle. Hopefully your agency will implement a dependable distant coverage.
(Flip to the following page to see the memo from Covington & Burling.)
What has your agency introduced so far as a reopening plan is worried? The extra data is on the market, the extra possible it’s that companies will be capable of set up a market normal for a return to the workplace.
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