Breaking Free Of The Confined Legal Office: The Great Resignation

Beyond fear and unrelenting uncertainty, the pandemic issued in a new era of lucidity for workers, allowing them to focus on how they want to live their lives and what they really want out of a job. 

For these individuals, the pandemic was a boon, providing them with a chance to stay with the people they love and avoid the hassles of sitting in an office or cubicle under a supervisor’s scrutinising eye or punching day-in and day-out.

When faced with the choice between shifting back to the traditional workplace or pursuing more progressive career options, many people within the legal industry are saying goodbye to the daily grind.

According to a recent study conducted by Microsoft, “with over 40 per cent of the global workforce considering leaving their employer this year, a thoughtful approach to hybrid work will be critical for attracting and retaining diverse talent.” The same research identifies that more than 70 per cent of workers want flexible remote work options to continue, even while more than 65 per cent crave more in-person time with their teams.
 
In a recent interview, Gartner behavioural scientist Aaron McEwan told ABC’s This Working Life that "the movement of talent is so significant and so sharp that it’s different to probably anything we’ve seen in living memory."
 
We are forging a completely new path. Pandemics reshape society, Mr McEwan said, and this one has shifted the balance of power in the workplace: “It has rewritten the psychological contract between employers and employees.”

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