Legal Law

Where you need to be away

Last week, the New York Times reported on a recent WalletHub study that ranked each state based on their eligibility for remote work. The survey assessed two main factors: employer-friendly characteristics such as the number of people already working remotely, and employee-specific characteristics such as electricity and internet costs and average apartment and property sizes. Delaware, North Carolina, and Georgia topped the list, while Alaska came last.

What difference does a state’s eligibility for remote work make for law firms? Much. For starters, if you live in a remote work-friendly state, your employees can expect similar guidelines from your company. In other words, in order to compete for talent, you may need to consider allowing remote work. Second, prospects in remote work friendly states are more likely to accept the benefits of the distance living style. As a result, they are more likely to view face-to-face visits as a hassle and expect online meetings and email communications.

The decision to go back to work in an office is undoubtedly a personal preference that you can make as you wish. However, if you want to continue attracting talent and serving customers’ needs after a pandemic, you will likely find that you need a remote option too.

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