Working From Home – The New Norm?

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to throw up many challenges. One particular challenge is working from home. I am coming to the end of my 9th week of working from home. I am recently married and sharing an office with my wife has been the first real test of our marriage! Who knew she was so loud on the phone?! I keep joking that at least I know a good Paisley divorce lawyer but I’m not sure that this has been going down too well!

As a firm with over 200 years’ of history we have always embraced change and flexibility to enable us to continue to adapt and provide our clients with the best possible service. With schools and nurseries still closed certain colleagues have child care to think about on top of their usual workload. Therefore, the ability to be flexible is key to adapting to the ever changing environment.

Zoom catch ups with friends have become the new norm! They have also provided a good way of meeting with colleagues and clients.  We have been having meetings via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp and they have become an invaluable tool to make working from home as efficient as possible. 

One thing I don’t miss is the daily commute from Milngavie to Paisley! It gives me at least an extra hour a day and removes the stress of being stuck in a traffic jam. Then again, my wife doesn’t let me listen to Talk Sport so the sooner I’m back on the commute the better!  More importantly, it will be great to be able to catch up with clients and colleagues again in person.

The enforced lockdown accelerated the need for remote working. Our head of IT, John, has done an incredible job at setting everyone in Walker Laird up to work remotely. We certainly owe him a pint when the pubsreopen for all of his patience.

For certain people, working from home presents something of a novelty but this type of working arrangement has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years with people looking to find the optimum work/life balance. I, for one, think motivation is key and if you are motivated to work from home and are set up correctly then you can be just as productive. Here are some tips that I have found useful for working from home:

  1. Set up a designated work space;
  2. Make a daily to do list;
  3. Maintain regular hours;
  4. Schedule a break like you would in the office;
  5. Take regular exercise; and
  6. Be positive

Businesses have required to move quickly to adapt to the challenges presented by Covid-19 and 2020 has already been described as the year of remote working. Whether working from home becomes the new norm remains to be seen but I think it’s likely that a degree of flexible working should certainly be anticipated with people splitting their time between the office and home. 

It is of course still very important to be able to meet clients face to face. However, until the guidelines change we will remain as innovative as possible to allow us to remotely provide the expert legal advice our clients have come to expect from us. 

We will also continue to monitor the latest developments from the Scottish Government, the Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service and the Registers of Scotland to enable us to provide our clients with the most up to date position.    

If you would like to discuss any matter whatsoever please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0141 887 5271 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch.