For Midsize Firms, ‘a Hundred Considerations’ in Repopulating the Office, The Mid-Market Report
As firms shift from questioning if they will reopen to strategizing how they can do it safely, physical and personnel logistics must be considered.
Managing Partner Frank Sheppard discusses the firm’s plan to allow lawyers and staff back in the office, with restrictions, for an article published with the Mid-Market Report on May 14, 2020.
“We’re just starting to phase it in, and it’s entirely voluntary and just an opportunity to allow people to return, rather than encouragement,” said Sheppard. As of midweek, more than half of the firm’s lawyers and staff still prefer to work from home, something he is happy to accommodate. And for the employees who do want to return, RumbergerKirk is working in phases, while enacting social distance and face-covering policies in the office, limiting the number of people in common areas, and monitoring who comes through the doors for contact-tracing purposes.
“Florida is on the upswing,” said Sheppard. “People were wanting to come back, and now they’re allowed back in, so that’s the first step. So, we’re doing one group one week, another group another week, and we’ll see how that goes for a little bit.”
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