EDRM Global eDiscovery Flash Poll: Office v Remote
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.
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.