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EDRM Global eDiscovery Flash Poll: Office v Remote

EDRM Global eDiscovery Flash Poll Results-Office v Remote
Image: Kaylee Walstad, EDRM

January 25, 2023

The results of this EDRM Global eDiscovery Poll reveal a significant shift in the way we work, as more and more people are choosing to work from home. There were 207 respondents, who represent eDiscovery and legal functions within governments, law firms, corporates, platforms and service providers. The vast majority at 50%, reported working from home 100% of the time, while 25% reported working from home 4 or more days a week. In contrast, only 19% reported spending more time in the office than at home, and a mere 5% reported being 100% in the office.

There were 207 respondents, who represent eDiscovery and legal functions within governments, law firms, corporates, platforms and service providers. The vast majority at 50%, reported working from home 100% of the time, while 25% reported working from home 4 or more days a week. In contrast, only 19% reported spending more time in the office than at home, and a mere 5% reported being 100% in the office.

Kaylee Walstad, EDRM Chief Strategy Officer

These results highlight the growing trend of remote work, which has become increasingly common in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many companies have had to adapt to this new reality, and it seems that the majority of employees are now working from home full-time. This shift has had a significant impact on the way we conduct business, as well as on the way we conduct eDiscovery.

The shift to remote work has created new challenges for eDiscovery, as it has become more difficult to collect and preserve electronic data from employees who are working from home. This has led to an increase in the use of cloud-based solutions, as well as the use of mobile devices for work. Additionally, the increased use of collaboration tools such as Zoom and Slack has created new challenges for eDiscovery, as these platforms may not be fully integrated with traditional eDiscovery solutions.

Despite these challenges, it is clear that remote work is here to stay. Companies will need to adapt to this new reality by implementing new eDiscovery solutions that are designed to work in a remote environment. This may include the use of cloud-based solutions, mobile device management, and collaboration tools. Additionally, companies will need to invest in training and education to help employees understand the importance of data preservation and the importance of following company policies and procedures when working remotely.

In conclusion, the results of this eDiscovery poll reveal a significant shift in the way we work, as more and more people are choosing to work from home. This shift has had a significant impact on the way we conduct business, as well as on the way we conduct eDiscovery with more and more data types, platforms and apps to consider. 

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Kaylee Walstad

Kaylee Walstad, chief strategy officer of EDRM, leads the global project based organization and is the former VP of client engagement at a certification organization. Kaylee is known for her role in building communities, uniting people and companies across the globe, and brand amplification for partners through social media and events. A frequent public speaker on a variety of topics, from personal development to the nuances of e-discovery. Kaylee has a broad background in e-discovery and skills that uniquely position her to provide insight into the challenges faced by the end-users of e-discovery services and technology and the organizations serving them. She has extensive expertise in developing cross organizational discovery strategies for large litigation and investigations.


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