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Instilling a Positive Law Firm Culture While Physically Apart

Creating a positive company culture is an essential aspect of any successful law firm. When employees feel supported and rewarded, they tend to work harder to achieve company goals with a stronger output.

Due to COVID-19, it’s no secret that legal teams across the country have had to be flexible, and adjust their working style and habits this past year to meet the needs of social distancing regulations. To this day, many legal teams are working from home on a part-time or even full-time basis. It can be difficult to create a positive office culture when everyone is working from a distance. That’s why we at Elite Court Reporting have put together some tips to help you create a positive office culture while being physically apart.

1. Virtual Office Hour
Open communication is a key factor in creating a positive office culture, and it’s even more essential when everyone is working remotely. When working from home, you can’t just pop into someone’s office and ask a question. That’s why many legal teams have set up virtual office hours, where team leads have their Zoom open for a few hours during the week. During that time, team members can jump on and ask any questions or discuss any concerns they might have. Building this into the week can make employees feel heard, which is a key element to creating a positive work environment.

2. Online Meditation 
Stress is at an all-time high for so many attorneys and their teams these days. To help minimize the stress in your employees’ workday, consider setting up a weekly or monthly online meditation session. These can be done over Zoom and are an excellent way to lower stress levels across the organization. It also shows employees that you are mindful of the new stressors and are taking action to help.

3. Snail Mail
Celebrating birthdays or company achievements while in the office is a simple way to build company culture. So, how can you replicate this while everyone is physically apart? Sending thank-you cards in the mail is a great way to remind employees of your gratitude. Also, sending flowers or a birthday card can really make your team feel special on their birthdays. Adding these tokens of care and appreciation goes a long way in creating a positive company culture.

4. Mental Wellness Check-ins
Like previously mentioned, working remotely has affected us all in one way or another. A recent Forbes article shared that 45% of employees surveyed feel less healthy mentally when working from home. How do you combat this? Address it head-on. Set up mental wellness check-ins where the only topic of discussion is debriefing on how they are doing mentally. These can be 1:1s or group conversations. This reinforces a culture of empathy and care that your employees will appreciate.

Having the right resources for your employees to access is seen as a major asset, producing a positive work environment regardless of location. That’s why it’s so vital to have a court reporting agency you can count on. Whether it’s an in-person or virtual deposition or court proceeding, Elite Court Reporting has the expertise required to deliver quality, timely transcripts. To schedule a court reporter for your next virtual deposition, click here.  

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