A Law Firm Changes Its Clocks
When I first saw this headline from a South African publication about a law firm changing its clocks, my first thought was whether this practice might be the legal profession's equivalent of the investment world's concept of cooking the books. Turns out I was wrong. In this case, changing the clocks isn't some insidious technique to account for more billable hours, but instead, one law firm's solution to work/life balance.
As this story describes, the South African law firm, Livingston Leandy implements a form of daylight savings, which enables staff to start work at 7 am and leave at 3:30 pm during December and January (summer vacation on the Southern Hemisphere). The firm originally created the policy in 1999 to provide more leisure time for staff, though apparently, one unexpected side benefit has been increased energy savings.
If you had the flexibility to work a 7-3 schedule, would you? And if you tend to work late hours, do you do so because that's your more productive time or it's more convenient -- or because you need to engage in "face time" to impress your superiors?
Posted by Carolyn Elefant on January 23, 2008 at 03:52 PM | Permalink
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