Eric Parker was recently quoted in a Boston Business Journal article: “Big law firms are mandating return-to-office. Small firms see an opportunity.”
Many large law firms with Boston offices are upping their mandated in-office days to four a week, while some smaller firms are continuing to offer remote flexibility—and see it as a way to recruit and retain talent.
“At first there was a soft push for people to return to the office. Now, that is getting a little bit more intense,” said Eric Parker, co-founder and senior partner at Parker Scheer LLP, a Boston-based boutique law firm.
At the small firm of Parker Scheer, there is no strict mandate for lawyers, but the culture is to come in at least two to three days a week.
“Instead of a policy, have an open mind,” Parker said. His firm’s policy has been helpful in recruiting and retaining talent.
“When leadership understands that one size does not fit all, you can keep good people, and keep them happy by making accommodations,” he said.