Veteran (before Covid) Paralegals that have since taken or job changed to fully remote, what are some challenges you face? Pros and cons to being fully remote. Don’t hold back this is a safe space. More details in comments.

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I am a paralegal in Dallas who is returning from a pretty long career break due to medical issues. I still have a little bit of trouble with mobility and I am just now able to drive again after 5 years. I would love to work remotely because it would be an easier transition for my body. I work predominantly in personal injury and insurance defense, but have had a career that also touched some other areas. And I have worked in 3 states successfully. It seems that so many firms have gone back to making employees go to the office again - and in Dallas, it means the full 9 hour day with 4 before and after lunch. There is no 9-5 here and also, no public transportation options. Just sit in traffic every morning and night. I was just wondering how you found a fully remote job and if you had any advice on where/how to look… and thank you for letting me vent about where I live!

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So I got this role through a temp agency and it’s technically contract only 3-6 months. I’m was and am kinda desperate but now is not the best time to search for a job cuz of holidays and bonus’ and such so I’m just happy I won’t be unemployed during the holidays.

It also is likely to add more skills to my resume when it comes time to look again, also this will be my 3rd position through the agency so they know my work history and track record when it comes to looking in the future.

This position also has the potential to go permanent which is good BUT the biggest thing (and best thing to me) it’s with a top area law firm (AM 200) So this is gonna be a resume booster for sure…especially cuz I have other top firms on my resume where I completed contract positions.

The downside is I always get asked “do you want a permanent position” like uh yeah! But yall have 2 month hiring processes and 7 rounds of interviews and I gotta buy groceries 🤣 but of course I don’t say that but I definitely am thinking it.

Just accepted a position that’s fully remote and I’m excited but cautious. This will be my first fully remote role (all others were fully in office [post covid] and hybrid).

I’m happy not to spend any money commuting to NYC and happy I can sleep in a bit longer (I am not a morning person at all) but worried about distractions especially cuz this is a research heavy position

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Anyone care to share where they are working fully remote? I am in desperate need of 100% remote due to specialized care for my daughter

The only thing is learning to manage your time and the other challenges is not having a person just next to where you can ask questions, learn from, or bounce ideas off of. But like anything you’ll acclimate well, paralegal adaptability is second nature and we are problem solvers. You’ll do just fine. I’m headed back into a fully in office position after being fully remote for sometime. It’ll eventually be hybrid after a year but I’m excited to have a change again.

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You’re not alone. I feel your pain
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Pros - lots of flexibility
Cons - never ending teams meetings

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Yeah I figured lots of zooms/teams which is gonna negate me not having to comb my hair in the morning 🤣

In the interview she said is a team chat-so I’m kinda hoping those take the place of daily teams meetings

I work in GA and my firm was in office until mid March 2020. Since then, we’ve been fully remote. There are certain teams that are in the office more and we do go in every once in a while for meetings, trial prep, etc.

Pros for me are being home (and the obvious stuff that comes with that - no commute etc). I’m not a morning person and I don’t care to be social/ around people a lot. I like being able to log in and just work in peace without the distraction of other people and conversations in the office. Now for me, I used one of my guest bedrooms as my office. Complete with filing cabinets and all (I’m a paper person). I also have a TV but I actually work better when I have it in the background or sometimes I’ll use music. Your situation differs from mine because it’s just me and all my dogs. No partner/husband. Sometimes I have family in town so there’s extra noise and I just close my door. Everyone knows when I’m working so they respect that. My other pro is I can ignore people and they don’t know. You said this was a safe space so there we go 😂 When I’m in my groove, I don’t enjoy it being interrupted. Of course I’ll call back or sometimes answer depending on the person or if there’s an email that triggered it, but yeah. I like my peace and solitude.

Cons… Because I’m not a morning person and I’m at home, I tend to work way longer than I intend. On the opposite of that, I have moments where I get tired and it’s pretty easy to just drop my head for a quick nap if I know nothing is going on or BS for a few hours. I always make my time up and make sure the work gets done but it happens every now and then. Another con is I’m not sure my time is as respected because I’m working from home. The office manager is a b!tch and any time she hears anything she swear you’re not working or is critical of anything you billed that she doesn’t understand, and sometimes the attorneys think you’re always available because you’re right at home. Drives me nuts. But I’ve learned to start setting boundaries. Also, being home I order food a lot more lol

Another con I just thought of my mental health is so much better. I can attend therapy regularly without issues now (virtual) and I just feel at peace. There’s still rough days but I’m better. Also my desktop computer at home is way better than what we have in the office. Double screens are great but I love my massive all in one.

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Is everyone or most people at the firm/company remote? That impacts a lot in my opinion

That’s good! I’d try to meet people in person at some point if the opportunity arises as I think it really helps with goodwill between remote employees.

As for working from home and keeping on top of your tasks: you get used to it. Sometimes I spend time during the day doing laundry or screwing around then make up for it working in the evenings. My jobs have always been flexible that way so it has been fine.

I was remote 2 days a week pre-pandemic and have been fully remote since March 2020. Honestly, I’m not sure I would do well with a partner home with me (personally - it’s hard for me to turn off my wife/mom role when others are home full time). That said, to the extent you are able to, get out of the house to work when you need a change of pace/scenery. On days when I feel I am distracted by things at home I simply pack up and go to a café or library. I also have the option of going into the office if I want, but honestly those days are the least productive because everyone just wants to talk and catch up.

Anyone’s firms hiring? Desperately looking for 100% remote

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