Exclusive: Nabarro bans personal post
27 April 2012
Staff at Nabarro's
London office have been told that they can no longer to have personal items posted to them at work.
The firm's Head of Facilities emailed all staff to remind them not to send personal mail via the post room. Which seems pretty fair. As he mentions, "by way of example, there is a 'steam cleaner' type piece of equipment that someone is trying to return to the vendor, it would have cost £7 to send and will not be sent by the post room. Please pop down to re-claim it if it's yours.
" Ah, the exciting purchases of City lawyers...
But rather more contentious is the request that staff should "have your personal items sent to your home addresses
". Apparently whilst there is no cost associated with receiving personal mail, there is a business impact as it causes "delays in legitimate business post being delivered first thing
||An associate tries to send a personal letter |
Err, so that would be all the urgent business post that every other firm receives by email these days? And how else are staff meant to get stuff delivered? One insider says that it's gone down badly with associates who, to the surprise of many partners, work all hours and don't tend to have "a wife sitting at home all day to take deliveries
But in a sensational move, RoF appears to have persuaded the firm to back down. A spokesman said that "the note that went out to all staff wasn't quite right. We are going to make sure staff can continue to have personal post delivered to the office, where they're not in a position to have it sent to their homes
". Shares in Net a Porter and Amazon have rallied.