Staff at a firm yet to offer a Covid bonus try to have a word with management.
Taylor Wessing is the latest firm to thank its staff for their hard work during the pandemic by offering them an extra bonus.
The firm is rewarding staff with an additional "thank you" bonus of 5% of their annual wage.
“Our people’s support for the business and for one another has been truly exceptional over the past year," said Taylor Wessing managing partner Shane Gleghorn, "these decisions with respect to recognition are driven by a desire to recognise the contribution, commitment and hard work of the extraordinary people in our firm.”
The firm is also giving staff a 'Taylor Wessing holiday' on Friday 28 May, which follows Osborne Clarke's recent announcement to give staff an extra day's holiday in August.
Other firms to have dished out 'Covid bonuses' of 5% of salary include A&O, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Hogan Lovells and Osborne Clarke, while Shoosmiths gifted an additional 7.7% of salary to staff. Other firms have offered set bonuses: Addleshaw Goddard (£1,500), Ashurst (£1,000) and Bird & Bird (£1,000). DLA Piper let its staff choose between an extra week of pay or holiday.
On the remote working front, Gowling WLG is the latest firm to announce that its staff can work from home for 50% of their time, after lockdown restrictions are eased. The firm has launched Agile+ which may sound like a vitamin supplement for joint health, but is actually the firm's flexible working scheme.
"Mixing time in the office and at home delivers the best of both worlds, and having experimented with a myriad of working arrangements over the last year we are keen to also embed that into Agile+ with a broader menu of alternative working patterns," said David Fennell, Chief Executive at Gowling WLG.
The firm is also trialling working patterns in a pilot scheme "to include flexible start and finish times, compressed working weeks and enabling people to shift working hours to early morning or late evening."
While other City firms have also offered staff a 50/50 split between the office and home, DAC Beachcroft and Irwin Mitchell have opted for the most flexible approach by giving staff the power to decide where, when and how they work.
The forced absence from the office has permanently broken many people's tether to the office. And firms that don't adapt their policies to allow flexibility, may find some of their employees staying away from the office for good: a RollOnFriday survey revealed that over 50% of lawyers would swap firms if they couldn't work from home.