Firm announced flexible come and go as you see fit approach to coming back to office. Partner I work for said I need to be in office 4-5 days a week anyway. Thoughts?

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Try coming and going as you see fit anyways?

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Love to know he partner’s reasoning for needing to be in the office 5 days a week unless work dropped off over the past year and a half when that wasn’t the case. Maybe this is someone who correlates face time with how hard you work. These are folks that are going to be left behind in the next 10 years as companies evolve but then again, when has the legal industry ever been good at evolving?

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I hate that. I left a firm because of that

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Go to the office 4-5 days a week? If that’s what your supervising partner says I suppose it’s between you and him.

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True. Thanks for the correction.

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Go to the office 4-5 days a week? Not saying I agree, but if that is what your boss wants not much you can do short of leaving or finding another person to work for internally.

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Either of which is quite doable

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I’d recommend that you be in the office 5 days a week and not to complain about it.

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Go 4-5 days a week or look elsewhere. Plenty of firms won’t be requiring that.

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The answer is in your question: “Partner I work for”. Just be there 4-5 days a week until he/she loosens the restriction.

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Someone like this is unlikely to loosen the restriction.

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I mean, it’s not great but we are still a services industry and the partners are still our “internal clients”. If it’s something you can’t live with, it’s a good time to lateral. Otherwise, probably just have to add this to the long list of unpleasant things we have to put up with for the $$$$.

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My office just sent a memo that everyone working from home must return to full time in office starting July 6 and future work from home is only on an approval basis and not guaranteed.

I prefer to work from the office but many of my colleagues and staff prefer to work from home.

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In the same boat, but I gave notice last week and it’s been so funny to “voluntarily” choose to stay home and expose the partner for how toothless his “requirement” that we be back in the office full time really is.

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Did you switch jobs?

Find a compromise

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My thought is to first ask her/him why she/he is taking a different approach. If you don’t like the answer, maybe look for work from another partner internally or leave. There is no reason to stay if it makes you unhappy. A lot of other firms are paying the same or more and allowing people to work from home.

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Go to work 5 days a week. Your partner sounds petty and you will not have a future with the firm if you don’t comply.

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Don’t threaten me with a good time.

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Lateral! Hot market. You can find a firm that fits your preferred wfh schedule.

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If you have a good relationship with your partner, you could definitely ask for their reasoning / see if there is any flexibility. Otherwise, unfortunately, I think you need to go in 4-5 days a week. If that’s a deal breaker, there are a lot of firms hiring right now that are more open to flex schedules.

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Get out

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Eff that. It’s a an associate’s market. Take advantage

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What associate 5 said; I have had juniors and mid-levels who did more of a home from work than work from home and it did not make me happy.

If that is not the case: Find strategic ways to reassure partner; try to see when they drop by and talk to you and be present then

First ask him about his reasons for the 4 to 5 days. Once you learn that you may know how to proceed

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