In an article by Leigh McMullan Abramson for The Atlantic , entitled “Do Lawyers Need Offices Anymore?” Abramson discusses firms are giving attorneys more flexibility by letting them work from home, but workplace culture might be taking a hit.
And further, no one has yet found a technology that can substitute for face-to-face interaction. “You’re in your home office by yourself and you don’t have a chance to bump into people at the water cooler,” says Benjamin Lieber, the founder Potomac Law Group, of the downside he sees in virtual work. Todd Smithline, the founder of Smithline PC, initially offered his employees the chance to work from home twice a month, but found that most of them preferred to work in the same place. “It turns out that an office is a really wonderful piece of technology. You can immediately see who is around. You can check in on how people are doing and share in camaraderie in a very natural way,” he says.
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