Posted in Blog on 16 Mar 2021
With many in the legal profession returning to the office environment and hopefully the worst of the pandemic behind us, research carried out by Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment has revealed that for the majority home working was a positive or neutral experience, but over 1 in 4 Solicitors believe home working during the recent lockdowns has had a negative impact on their mental health.
The data suggests that 90% of all lawyers worked from home during the recent lockdowns, and 28% believed the experience had a negative impact on their mental health with 37% stating their mental health improved. 47% of legal professionals negatively affected did not believe they received adequate levels of support from their employers when they home worked.
Although 9 out of 10 lawyers home worked during the recent Coronavirus pandemic, those employed in Criminal Law, Property and General Practice were the least likely to have incorporated some element of home working into their day to day.
Jonathan Nolan, Associate Director at Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment, said: “Law firms should be commended for enabling home working for 90% of legal professionals with very little notice and for the majority the experience has been positive or neutral at worst. However, a significant number have had a negative experience, and maybe employers can change that story by switching up the levels of support provided.”