There’s usually at least one period over the winter when particularly inclement weather hits and the UK grinds to a halt. A small amount of snow brought London to gridlock – in the same week as a major tube strike and (of course) Southern rail strikes.
Quite aside from the inconvenience to workers and employers, strikes such as the London tube strike are estimated to cost the economy anywhere between £10m and £300m per day. While some of this is presumably the loss of retail income, a large proportion is likely to be lost productivity.
Imagine a world where travel disruption didn’t make any difference and everyone could just get on with their jobs as usual. Keystone Law reported that the strikes made “no impact” on their lawyers’ ability to get their work done, with an online platform that enables them to work from anywhere, and all the administrative and support tools at their fingertips.
Even the larger traditional law firms are starting to accommodate more agile ways of working, starting to chip away at the edges of a culture of presenteeism.
This Solicitors Journal article looks at some firms that have successfully introduced agile working – and reaped the rewards. Excello Law examines why the billable hour can be a stumbling block for firms adopting agile working practices, and The Lawyer looks at some of the practicalities of making it work.
‘Legal clients don’t want to have to worry about whether the trains are running, they just want to know the service they are paying for is going to be delivered, and by employing a firm that embraces agile working that worry is taken away,’ he said. ‘This is the future of the legal profession, and irrespective of strike action the agile working train has well and truly left the station.’