The shift to remote work highlighted weaknesses in many industries, particularly the lack of infrastructure to support collaboration in the workplace. As people moved out of shared office spaces and back to their private residences, communication for many became clunkier and teams were inevitably siloed.
Whether or not your company returns to the office in the post-pandemic world, the last year has highlighted how essential a collaborative environment is to the success of individuals, companies, and industries as a whole.
Launched at the beginning of the pandemic, Justice HQ is a shared workspace and membership program that caters to the elite and approved consumer advocate attorneys. Brothers Robert and Brad Simon with their co-founder, Teresa Diep also launched a technology platform that helps lawyers simplify paperwork, data analysis, and communication, saving time and money in the process. As the popularity of their system increased within the Los Angeles legal world, they grew so quickly that they needed to bring in more employees to manage their caseload.
In the process, they discovered that their shared workspace and networking community cultivates an environment of collaboration. It’s more than a space to meet people and get work done, it provides lawyers the opportunity to work together and draw from each others’ expertise, whether in the spaces or virtually.
This form of collaboration is essential for work in a post-pandemic world. Instead of siloing expertise, companies, industries, and colleagues can work together to draw from each others’ skill sets to produce the best work possible.
Collaboration Across the Industry Helps Your Clients
The team at Justice HQ found that, with their growing membership, that the member lawyers were better able to serve their clients because they had a broader range of resources. Practically, this looks like one lawyer asking for advice on case issues. The other community members that reached out were able to help him determine how to resolve specific problems and reach positive settlements.
Collaboration, whether in the legal industry or another, can expand the scope of what you offer your customers. This is essential in a post-pandemic world because consumers are looking to work with companies that offer a well-rounded experience.
Collaborating with others in your industry, instead of competing with them, pushes each stakeholder further in their work. It promotes growth and innovation because more minds are dedicated to the pursuit of whatever serves the client best and generates the best business. For entrepreneurs, it is essential to be a part of the industry community so you can learn from those who came before you, and also so you can figure out where you can add value to the industry. Many members are solo practitioners, all entrepreneurs.
Collaboration Promotes Diversity & Inclusion
The collaborative workspace at Justice HQ promotes diversity and inclusion because it is, essentially, a watering hole for attorneys across the industry to meet and collaborate. The Simon brothers and Diep were initially very selective in the process of building the networking space, wanting to test it out before hitting the ground running. When they opened the space to the public, the people that joined were interested in expanding their networks to include a wider variety of connections. Members were hand-selected, and new members must be unanimously approved by the community.
By cultivating a collaborative spirit at Justice HQ, the Simon brothers were able to help lawyers outsource their work when needed, and increase their efficiency and profit at the same time. Collaboration among the attorneys at the shared workspace promoted diversity and inclusion because they were drawing from a pool of resources far more diverse than they could’ve while working on their own. The community is made up of people working in various aspects of the legal industry, in various parts of the country, and with a wide range of types of clients. The environment fostered a community with an overflow of resources available.