Future planning: Embracing the virtual workplace

Think about how much has changed since the internet came into being in the mid to late 1990s. In less than 20 years, our working lives have been so transformed that it is now difficult to imagine how employees functioned at all without trusty email and search engines on side. So it’s little surprise that

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Osborne Clarke moves to connected working

We are always interested in finding out why firms are moving to agile working styles. Is it chiefly the demand of employees or the business? We spoke to Rebecca Plummeridge, International Strategic Project Manager on how and why they introduced ‘connected working’ at Osborne Clarke. What is the difference between agile and connected working for

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Q&A: Making a success of job-sharing

We asked an HR Administrator who has worked part-time and job shared throughout her career how she works flexibly for City law firms. How did you agree with your current employer that a job share was ideal? I originally returned from maternity leave to a full-time role as my husband stayed at home to look

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Are men getting a fair deal on flexible working?

It is common for conversations about flexible working to focus on Mums – and specifically Mums returning to work after having a baby. Hardly surprising given the challenges many still face in returning to a fulfilling career that also fits around childcare needs. But in our determination to meet Motherhood requirements, there can be a

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Roundtable update: Are law firms really ready to flex?

Sarah Broad, our Head of Operations, recently spoke at a roundtable event in Bristol hosted by Simmons & Simmons. It was great to be given the opportunity to discuss flexible working with Bristol law firms, all of which are at various stages of improving flexible working options in their own businesses. Sarah shared her insights

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Q&A: The portfolio career

We asked Andrew Smith, a writer for The Human Times and a consultant for a City law firm how he works flexibly. How did you get into writing? For ten years I worked for professional services firms in PR and had an amazing time working in a creative role.  I then had a year’s career

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Flexible working and hot desking: Converging trends 2017

It’s fair to say that 2016 was pretty miserable for commuters using Southern Rail. And with strikes ongoing there seems little sign as yet of an end to the disruption. It would be no wonder, then, if this group would favour more remote and flexible working. But they are far from alone. According to recent

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Q&A: Flexibility and career variety

There’s more than one way to approach flexible working. We ask Business Development Consultant Charlotte Faull how she works flexibly, combining interim projects in law with running her own coaching & training business. What does working flexibly mean to you? I am currently working for a US law firm, four days a week and three

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