Six Ways to Make Remote Working Sustainable for Legal Professionals
A May 2020 Loeb Leadership report found that almost 70 percent of the legal professionals surveyed would like to continue working from home, at least part-time, even after it is safe to return to the office.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that people can get work done from anywhere. However, to make remote working arrangements sustainable for legal professionals in the long-term, some essential measures must be taken:
Set up a dedicated, private workspace
A dedicated workspace with complete privacy (and a door that can be closed) is vital for a legal professional to remain compliant with ethical obligations regarding client communication and confidentiality. Some points to consider:
- Is it possible for someone to overhear conversations occurring in your workspace?
- Are you working on a shared device that is accessible to others?
- Do you connect to Wi-Fi via an unprotected network?
- Are physical client files being left out where they could be compromised?
If the answer to any of those questions is yes, it is time to review best practices regarding data security and the ethical considerations that must be taken when working from home.
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