The cases of office use in legal firms require a change in the ever-increasing need for privacy and efficiency. It’s a hard line to get privacy for clients in the age of mobile phones, the internet, and other technology constantly lurking, and combine that with the need for productivity and collaboration in legal settings, it can be a tough set up. Here we look into the setup of creating a legal environment that is both private and collaborative, for clients, partners, employees, and beyond.
Focusing On Spaces
The utter rise in real estate costs forces legal environments to decrease in size or refrain from upsizing. Though it’s a force towards something else also, but this forced element is positive. It’s the forced collaboration, which is already an important feature of legal firms that is surprisingly often neglected.
An open space allows members of a legal team who’s constantly focused on reading, researching, and reporting on extended areas of focus. Offer lounge chairs, or repurpose an area for a cafe style getaway. This helps with the open culture, collaboration, and focus of a legal members work.
How to implement it? Simple, really. Make your spaces smaller and invest in furniture and office assets that are adjustable to how people work. More versatile pieces allow for even more controlled collaboration in a controlled size of spaces. With smaller and more open collaboration, you’ll be surprised how much you get done and your legal workforce grows.
Adding Positive Space Additives
This kind of focus isn’t the traditional focus of physical space, but of emotional space. It’s how people create an opinion of a space in the mental environment instead of purely space environments.
How to implement it? Invest in furniture and overall decor elements that enhance people’s views of your office environment. Glass is a largely used resource in this outlook, with glass opening spaces up instead of closing them in. Many legal environments will have plenty of paperwork lying around, and this creates clutter and bad organization, which reaches all other areas of work.
Begin to offer better surface options that are more innovative in the organization and space it provides.Open or shared spaces can contribute to these, and use furniture that promotes these is key.
An Open Culture
More so than your physical design and space choices is the implementation of an open culture. After switching your legal environment to open furniture and office choices, an increase in an open culture is bound to be seen. When members suddenly adapt to adjustable desks, chairs, and other office setup focused on the minimization of space to usefulness, their mindset of their culture is going to change as a whole with this new thinking.