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Workplace Diversity In Law: Where Are We? Where Are We Headed?

Diversity in adversity.

Americans with disabilities represents about 20% of the population. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, much has changed.

Every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.

People with disabilities are by law, no longer denied access to jobs, schools or transportation. The COVID crisis has put millions of people out of work.

We’re all hurting right now.

After months into this pandemic, law firms are beginning to re-think the how business gets done. Although not ideal, many attorneys who can will continue to work from home. And that’s not likely to change any time soon.

No one wants to work in an environment that is unsafe.

“Every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth. The coronavirus pandemic has created a cultural paradigm shift that has fully embraced technology. I’m always looking for the good in a bad situation. There are real opportunities for candidates with disabilities that firms simply have not considered.” – Shari Davidson, President of On Balance Search Consultants.

We are social beings. Working remotely has its challenges. It’s just not the same, we’re less connected.

There is no substitute for face-to-face interactions. From the boardroom to the courtroom, we are all impacted by the spontaneous interactions created from our body language. We all feed off of the buzz from the energy created in the office. You may not see it, but you feel it.

That said, many tasks and routine functions can be done more efficiently, remotely. Flex-jobs offer part-time-schedules with the benefit of working remotely.

Working remotely removes many barriers and obstacles for those with disabilities. Law firms can tap the best applicants who need to tele-commute.

The remote work experience has real benefits for both the employees and employers. For starters it improves work-life balance, it improves the bottom line and for many results in higher levels of productivity and job satisfaction.

Firms are no longer focusing on time spent in the office, but rather outcomes. The guiding principals have not changed, it’s always been about results.

“When placing a candidate, On Balance looks for opportunities regardless of physical or societal obstacles. There are real benefits to sourcing work remotely. Firms experience increased productivity, with less absenteeism and higher employee retention. Less office space is needed, which is a big savings.” – Shari Davidson.

Final Thoughts
Now more than ever, firms need to empower their attorneys by creating a work environment that works for everyone. Communication is critical.

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On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm.

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Ms. Davidson, a highly skilled human resources executive with over 20 years’ experience that specializes in finding top talent in the legal community. Shari has placed lateral partner attorneys, as well as group acquisitions & law firm mergers and has assisted several prominent clients in recruiting lateral associates, paralegals and internal professional administrative positions.