Here are three takeaways from Giles Pemberton, Consultant at 3Kites, at our recent In-House Legal Hangout where the panel shared their experiences of working virtually.

ADOPT NEW WAYS OF ONBOARDING

“It’s very difficult to onboard someone, especially someone who’s junior and hasn’t got the confidence of working in an in-house environment. I think that’s a huge challenge. But one of the things to do is put in a lot of effort to go over and beyond, in terms of catching up with them on an almost daily basis for five minutes, just to find out what they’ve done almost as a teacher would do with a new set of pupils, and to really try and be there, offering them a nurturing hand through the whole introduction to a new firm. I think that’s one of the biggest challenges – I’d be interested in how everyone else is dealing with that.”

Taking extra steps in the virtual environment is key to ensuring new starters feel comfortable and confident in their new roles if they started during lockdown.

 

LOOK OUT FOR SIGNS OF PRACTICAL DRIFT

Giles raised the topic of ‘practical drift’ and the risk of employees becoming complacent with usual practice, increasing the likelihood of mistakes.

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