They call the idea “hoteling.” I’m not sure I like the name, but the concept is intriguing. Some law firms are using it, I presume as a way to reduce office rent expense. Office rent is a major overhead item for law firms.
The idea is that if you have fewer than 100% of the lawyers in the office each day, why have a permanent individual office for each of them? Instead, you have a number of offices that corresponds to the maximum number of lawyers expected to be in the office each day, and make those offices interchangeable, so it doesn’t matter who uses which office on any given day.
The concept probably only works if you have a truly paperless office, with all documents stored in a central server and available on a linked computer terminal. I’m certainly not there yet, and perhaps never will be, but for some reason I find the concept attractive. Maybe someday.
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