Law Firm 2023 – Remote Working A Way Forward
It is now widely accepted that the legal industry is under pressure to change and evolve. The traditional business model of the law firm, which has been in place for centuries, is no longer fit for purpose in the 21st century. The advancement of technology, the globalization of the economy and the ever-changing nature of the legal landscape have all contributed to this. Due to the confidential and sensitive nature of the work, many lawyers and law firms have been reluctant to move away from the traditional way of working in physical offices. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the legal industry to rapidly change the way it works, with many firms and lawyers now working remotely.
In response to these challenges, law firms have been forced to rethink the way they operate. One of the most significant changes has been the move towards remote working. In the past, lawyers were tethered to their desks in traditional offices. But thanks to the internet and the rise of digital communication tools, it is now possible for lawyers to work from anywhere in the world.
Due to the pandemic, many of the US companies have started to embrace the remote work trend and plan to keep doing so in the future. Work remotely is a new trend in the workplace and breaks the normal concept of where to do your work. Statistics on remote workers reveal that more than 4.7 million people work remotely at least half the time in the United States. 44% of companies do not allow remote work and only 16% of companies hire remote only workers. Globally, 16% of companies are fully remote according to an Owl labs study. This same study found that about 62% of workers aged 22 to 65 claim to work remotely at least occasionally.
In the face of extreme challenges, technology is helping people make the best of their circumstances. Remote work has always been part of the collaborative economy mix, but with COVID-19, it’s more important than ever. A survey conducted by Upwork to track changing attitudes among hiring managers:
- 61% of respondents reported that they’re employing remote workers now and, in the future, they predict this number will increase exponentially over time as COVID-19 affects certain industries (requires a paperless office environment). Meanwhile, job creators across industries are increasing their reliance on remote workers to meet operational challenges (e.g., increase worker productivity while avoiding lockdowns).
- Virtual workers and telecommuting are on the rise. One in four employees works primarily from home, up from 21% in 2002, according to a new study commissioned by CNBC. In 10 years, an estimated 22% of the workforce will be working remotely, the report predicts. This is an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels.
- According to a report from ADP and Manpower, by 2025, approximately 32% of all American workers will be working remotely—the equivalent of an additional 36.2 million workers. This is an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels.
- Global Workplace Analytics has estimated that by 2020 there will be 75 million employees working from home. It’s anticipated that by 2030 more than 80% of businesses will have some remote work options available to their workforce.
To grow a business, it’s not just about doing the work yourself. You should invest in the people who will help you carry out those tasks more effectively. And that means focusing more on talent and efficiency of the employee rather than other salient factors.
Draft n Craft is proud to offer a variety of different virtual paralegals and administrative support employees that are available remotely for the US and Canada clients. Our virtual paralegals possess years of experience in a wide range of practice areas including (but not limited to) personal injury, medical malpractice, worker compensation, product liability, employment law, immigration law, commercial litigation and more. They are available on a case-by-case basis for one-time projects and as long-term outsourced solutions to meet your needs.
Whether you’re facing an urgent need for help with a large project or need an ongoing legal support team for your business, we have expert virtual paralegals and administrative support employees who can help. At Draft n Craft, we pride ourselves on providing unparalleled customer service and value to our clients.
Our virtual paralegals and administrative support employees are trained to handle a wide range of legal issues and tasks, including: deposition summaries, medical records summary, preparing settlement demands, documents for review, drafting pleadings and motions, drafting correspondence and emails, assisting with medical records retrievals, creating presentations, researching case law and relevant industry best practices, drafting opinions and orders, preparing legal memoranda, creating multimedia documents like PowerPoints or transcripts—that’s just the beginning! Our experienced team provides access to all these services at a competitive rate.
We’re committed to providing you with the same level of accountability, privacy, and security as your office-based paralegals, while avoiding all the payroll, workers’ compensation, benefits and recruiting costs associated with hiring an in-house support staff.