November 21, 2018
In an article in The American Lawyer, on November 16, 2018, Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf discussed why the Firm has instituted a formal policy allowing third-year and more senior associates to work from home one day a week. With approval, first- and second-year associates may occasionally work from home as well. The new work-from-home policy follows on Weil’s decision earlier this year to shorten its partner and counsel track.
Mr. Wolf explained that it isn’t that today’s associates aim to work less hard – the point is that they really value some flexibility in the workplace. The older generations had a different experience, sometimes having to spend many consecutive days in the office: “So it naturally would take some learning, some trying, some adapting for people now to understand that now you can work as efficiently and as well if someone is at home,” Mr. Wolf noted.
The article also discusses the war for talent and the importance of work-life balance to associates: “We’re in a professional services business and our assets are our people,” Mr. Wolf said. “You need to attract and retain the best and brightest, and this is all in that effort.”
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