I’m a real believer that coming back into the office is going to be almost as traumatic as leaving it 18 months ago. Because in the intervening months, people have gone through a hell of a lot of trauma and anxiety.
You’ve got a different group of people coming back. And the firms that are going to be the most successful will understand that and manage their people well.
— Jim Jones, a senior fellow at the Georgetown Law Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession, commenting on the toll that the pandemic has taken on lawyers and staff. Jones notes that law firm personnel are in no way the same as they were before COVID-19 forced them to leave the office, so law firms must be prepared.
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