How are workplaces changing through COVID-19? Take part in a survey

From our recent research on the solicitors' profession, including our workforce planning research and our 2019 survey of practising certificate holders, we found that most solicitors are happy and satisfied at work.

The majority find their work meaningful, are comfortable with expressing themselves at work, and have a sense of belonging to their organisations and to the wider profession. The ability to work autonomously – being in control over how work is done, being able to take time off when needed and having access to flexible work – is highly valued.

Before the pandemic, areas for workplace improvement related to a lack of opportunities for individuals to suggest change to business or working practices, and for employees to input into business decision making. 

How are workplaces and individuals’ experience of work changing as a result of COVID-19?

A team from the Institute for Employment Studies, the University of Southampton and Half the Sky are interested in how organisations and legal professionals are managing during lockdown, with funding from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

They are particularly looking at:

  • remote working
  • communication
  • leadership
  • virtual teams
  • physical and mental health
  • productivity
  • future work patterns

Take the opportunity to take part in the research team's survey and contribute to this research.

The findings are expected in late May and the team will be sharing the findings through a joint webinar with the Law Society.

The survey is part of an 18-month programme of work analysing the longer-term impacts of working from home, looking at what new behaviours and working practices will remain, and which should be encouraged.

The research has been designed to support economic and social recovery. It will provide timely practical guidance and recommendations for policy makers and employers.

Further information can be found on the project’s website, Work After Lockdown.