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WBD unveils new ‘hybrid’ work model

The decision follows a firmwide employee and partner survey asking how lawyers, professional advisers and business professionals wanted to work post-pandemic

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has unveiled its new policy for all its UK offices, adopting a hybrid working model.

The model, which will be rolled out in September, will see employees have the choice to work both at home and in the office. 

The decision follows a firmwide employee and partner survey asking how lawyers, professional advisers and business professionals wanted to work post-pandemic.

The new model provides a framework for people to agree whether they wish to be a homeworker; an office-based worker, or a hybrid worker, splitting time between working at home and in the office, with the flexibility to choose if and when they go into the office.

Jonathan Blair, managing partner at WBD, said: “As we open our offices up, a more flexible, hybrid model of working will bring efficiencies in the way we spend our time, as well as making a continued impact on our environmental sustainability, reducing travel and our carbon footprint. 

“We asked our people how they had found the last year, to tell us about the benefits and the challenges, and how they would prefer to work in the long term.” 

He added: “A large majority said they wanted a blend of home and office working, had thrived working from home during the pandemic, and really wanted it to become a permanent feature of how our business operates.

“At the opposite end of the spectrum, many of our people also told us they were missing the office environment, wanting to socialise more, improve cross team collaboration, support new joiners and make the most out of on-site training opportunities.”

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