Who’s driving your workforce mobility?

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Robotics Process Automation will revolutionise the legal workforce

Like most rules-driven, data and research-intensive professions, robots have the potential to revolutionise the legal industry. In future, high-cost administrative and research tasks will be performed by a virtual workforce of software robots, leaving humans to perform ‘higher value’ tasks such as relationship building, client management, negotiation, cultural awareness and creativity. Law firms will also need leaders who are skilled at managing the change and people impacts that robotics will bring.

Leaders need to be developed with this future in mind. Tomorrow’s legal Partners will require a much more dynamic approach to client management, with more focus on the potential benefits that a mobility assignment will bring. Shorter experiences in a wider variety of roles, locations, cultures and jurisdictions, if well managed, is an excellent way to build these future leaders.

Four things law firms should consider doing today

  1. Talk to your clients. Understand their demographic profiles, likely expansion locations and diversity targets - and ensure you are ready to respond.
  2. Refocus mobility strategies away from long term, senior expatriate secondments to millennial friendly mobility programs that are an integrated component of your strategic talent management plan.
  3. Focus on data driven candidate selection with an eye on a candidate’s post assignment career path.
  4. Ensure appropriate systems, policies and processes are in place to manage mobility efficiently and on a tight budget in a more highly regulated world. Harness the sharing economy to drive down mobility costs.