The future of work is coming fast—and it may already be here. When we wrote our first blog post on the Future of Legal Work back in 2019, there was no way to anticipate COVID-19 and its profound impact across the globe. Day-to-day operations for organizations across industries, including legal services, are already vastly different from what they used to be before the pandemic. The significant changes COVID-19 brought to the ways people socialize, go to school, and work—essentially, how they live their lives—have forced organizations to adapt if they want to survive.
Here’s the scenario: A female employee at your firm comes to HR with a complaint about a partner’s behavior. A prompt, effective response will be key to protecting and retaining employees, safeguarding your company’s reputation, and avoiding a lawsuit. This article covers important points to keep in mind as your firm navigates this delicate situation.
There is nothing typical about a day in the life of an international attorney. The moving parts that go along with practicing internationally in business, trade or criminal legal disputes require not only the baseline abilities expected from all attorneys, which include analytical skill, attention to detail, communication abilities, and persuasiveness. They also must possess the ability to adapt and apply legal theories in varying and sometimes conflicting environments, since every sovereign nation has a completely unique set of legislation, regulations, and treaties.
The future of work is coming fast. A recent Dell Technologies report compiled by business and academic specialists projects that an estimated 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.1 “The pace of change will be so rapid that people will learn 'in the moment,” the report states, “using new technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality. The ability to gain new knowledge will be more valuable than the knowledge itself."
The biggest question regarding personal and professional development remains; how do humans effectively learn new skills? The answer is simple: we learn from experience. Experienced-based learning is far more impactful than conceptual or textbook-based learning because it establishes a more long-term behavioral change. Experiences allow us to develop and cultivate new habits and practices, and this learning ends up cementing firmly as we reflect on these experiences.
The way a start-up organizes its business defines the scope in which it can function. A start-up can choose from one of several entity forms depending on its business needs. Forming a partnership, forming an LLC, and forming a corporation all have important consequences for the business.