In 2022 and beyond, hybrid work is becoming more and more the norm. During the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses struggled to transition from in-office employees to remote staff. While there are drawbacks to a remote team, employees found it nice to be able to work at least partially from home, avoiding the stress of long commutes. Still, working in person has its benefits, including the ability to connect better with other team members and collaborate more effectively.
Experts predict that the remote work is no longer a trend. With up to a quarter of all remote jobs becoming permanent by the end of 2022 and work from home opportunities increasing into the following year, employees are getting used to the new freedom that often accompanies working from home. Lack of a lengthy commute, less money spent on business attire, and a new level of flexibility are strong points. And companies that choose a remote workforce see lowered real estate or rent costs and even increased productivity.
It’s no secret that a lot of industries are experiencing a technological revolution of sorts. Much of this has been brought about alongside the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology suddenly became a leading issue for many businesses as they grappled with a rapidly changing landscape.
Disruption was the word of the year in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic brought wide-ranging issues home to workplaces across the nation. From supply chain disruptions to constantly changing health and safety guidelines, many businesses worked hard to maintain status quo as the landscape quickly changes around them.
As more companies get back to business as usual, business as usual is changing. Now, a remote work environment and flexible working hours are standard offerings in the job market — and ones that make your company more desirable in the eyes of today’s talent.
As the business environment continues to shift to meet expectations and changes brought about by the ongoing pandemic, law firms and legal departments must ensure that workflows continue uninterrupted — even when teams are increasingly geographically scattered.
While progressive companies have leveraged the power of document management software to amplify the efficiency of their workflows for years, a current emphasis on remote work has brought this technology to the forefront for a new generation of business owners.