London, 8 am, no. 78 of Cannon Street. At CMS Headquarters, one of the UK's most reputed law firms, a young lawyer arrives with a client, heads to the lounge area, sits down and drinks a coffee.
This informality and satisfaction is so visible in them that it extends to customers who visit CMS headquarters and immediately feel at home while they watch their process go down to their lawyer's tablet through any application of the cloud ; They make up the latest notes and rises again to the company's Documentation Center, which is also in the cloud and which can be accessed at any time, either in the company, in the customer's office, in your home or in the hole 12 of the club Golf nearest the office.
To imagine this scenario, a few years ago, in the world of law, could be considered utopia. But the truth is that coworking and telecommuting have come to stay, not because they are fashion, but rather an obvious development. And this is an excellent example, in a sector where time is money and the word New Business is more and more pressing.
Companies are rethinking their work methods in order to become more productive and appealing to future employees. In the case of CMS, I have no doubt that the strategy was to capture the most brilliant lawyers that universities launch every year for the market. The new models of work have overcome and convinced the holders of the last bulwark of the tradition of working methods - the Lawyers - and this proves that the world is changing.
You do not have to be a lawyer or a demanding professional to quickly realize the benefits of working in a company that has a smart building with wi-fi coverage from the Director's room to the lavatories, as they are all now considered workspaces ; with common areas where you can exchange opinions and information on the processes in hand, while sharing a fresh coffee or watch the goals of the Premier League.
It is not by chance that these and other companies are adopting the work models of the multi-company Coworking. Perhaps for this reason, the newly licensed professionals look at teleworking today and Especially at Coworking spaces where there are Several companies, not as a Must Be (for lack of placement in large Firms), but as a must be (due to lack of quality of life associated with large traditional firms). These spaces are today unmissable and multidisciplinary places where business and knowledge opportunities are multiplied and shared costs are shared, functioning the small-scale purchasing centers. After all, why pay for rent or cleaning and communications service, among other costs, if we can share those same costs for various companies in pay-as-you-go mode, while also sharing vision and knowledge with other professionals that are essential to any company, such as an accountant, a designer or a computer programmer?
The world has changed and tradition is not what it once was. And still good.
Author of the book Out of the Office
photo credits: http://www.2civility.org/