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Career-diverse workforce: The end of the traditional employee-employer relationship

Rachel Brushfield considers the challenges of managing a diverse workforce of freelance, portfolio-career and full-time lawyers

20 August 2015

A full-time headcount in a variable and uncertain legal profession is illogical. The shift to influence by individuals, driven by Gen-Y culture, is starting to permeate the legal profession, creating a win-win-win for clients, employers and employees alike. This article examines the shifting nature of the employer/employee relationship, the benefits and challenges, and the impact on managing an agile diverse workforce.

Today, many firms are perceived to be driven by short-term profits and strategies, rather than long-term organisational sustainability.

"This is having a direct impact on employee behaviour toward their employer," notes Andrew Hick, a director at Cavendish Hawk. "Many young lawyers believe their leadership teams to be overly self-interested."

Managing a diverse workforce is a complex task, but it has compelling benefits. It involves the re-examination of long-established working policies, roles and ways of work...

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