Virtual Working

Virtual Working

Virtual working is on the rise as more and more companies and industries recognise the benefits of harnessing the power of technology to overcome geographic boundaries, unite workforces and improve productivity, while limiting the exposure of their employees and clients to Covid-19. The pandemic has expedited a massive shift towards working from home and virtual teamwork, allowing companies to offer their employees more flexibility and give them more control over their daily schedule. But remote working is not without its challenges. Having access to the right virtual working information and solutions is critical, particularly for companies facing the challenge of managing a virtual workforce on a larger scale.

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  • Law firms of the future
    . Legal practitioners have been forced to reconsider how to market their firm, perform work and run their practices. The need for change has forced many firms to change their models, relying heavily on technology.
  • Virtual Working benefits
    Employees are not the only ones who benefit from working from home; a company can benefit just as greatly from a remote employee. Telecommuting can limit absences, increase productivity, and save money. With telecommuting the idea of the office space is changing but many are saying that it is for the better.
  • Additional Resources
  • COVID-19 gives rise to virtual law firms
    ] The national lockdown due to COVID-19 has disrupted the way the legal sector operates. Considered non-essential services under the initial lockdown ruling, legal professionals have had to find ways to navigate their roles without leaving their homes. Embracing technology and virtual working has become a priority, moving the industry towards reliable legal technologies to meet research and practice needs.
  • Covid-19 Accelerates Virtual Working Shift
    COVID-19 has presented a significant reset in terms of how we work. While the pandemic initially forced many companies to hastily embrace remote working, it could in fact permanently shift working patterns as more organisations find that the virtual working model actually suits the needs of their business and its employees far better.
  • Covid-19 pushes courts to new era
    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technology – and South Africa’s courts have not been left behind, despite the legal profession’s reputation of being slow to embrace new ways of working.  
  • The remote workplace under Covid-19 Advantages of autonomy and risk of isolation
    The COVID-19 pandemic triggered what many call a new normal across the world. In South Africa, almost overnight, most people had to stop attending work and confine themselves to their homes as the country went into a national lockdown. Some companies shut down completely, while others had to devise new models urgently, to enable their employees to resume work from wherever they were locked down.
  • Legal System embracing the new norm
    As Covid-19 sees organisations adapting and moving towards virtual or remote working, Phetheni Nkuna and Faatimah Essack of Lawtons Africaexplore the ways in which the legal system has embraced this “new normal”.
  • Mental Health in the
    The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a number of industries and organisations adopt virtual working over this period, but organisations will also need to take steps to safeguard employees’ mental health, say Phetheni Nkuna and Faatimah Essack of Lawtons Africa.
  • Property Market goes digital
    The COVID-19 lockdown left the property market high and dry and unable to operate, but it is now time for resourceful professionals to prepare for transitioning through the various phases to business in the new normal. A key factor in many industries, and one that can certainly be utilised in the property market, is the use of digital tools that make the prospect of long-term remote working more manageable.
  • Telecommuting on the rise
    For most traditional workplace-based employees, remote working is still only an occasional perk. This is even though employees consistently cite flexible working hours and the ability to work remotely as important factors that would improve job satisfaction and work-life balance.
  • Teleworking the number one choice for the New Generation
    Millennials (who now make up the largest portion of the workforce) will likely have their pick amongst companies competing for them.
  • Virtual working is here to stay – some legal concerns
    With virtual or remote working here to stay, initiated by the current COVID-19 crisis, employers should address the legal concerns that may be faced. The following piece, written by Andrew Marshall of Dingley Marshall, provides a few pointers.

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