I wonder if anyone else reading this article was struck by a thought has the world gone mad. How much longer can we as humans go along with this sort of commercial creativity?
Whilst at first it might appear to be a very practical approach being adopted by the law firm, I fear it smacks of employees being treated like cattle.
Where is our quality of life heading if in cities all around the world workers - and well paid legal eagles at that - can simply no longer afford to live close to their office?
No wonder we are all becoming more lonely and seeing increased incidence of poor mental health when what we have to contribute can be traded in this way.
Do tell me I am not alone in having these thoughts... This is probably why I am not working for that law firm either!
Patterson and Sheridan, an intellectual-property law firm headquartered in Houston, bought a nine-seat plane to shuttle its patent lawyers to clients. Though the jet cost $3 million, it's cheaper than hiring local lawyers, and even less expensive than relocating the Texas lawyers with business in Silicon Valley to the area. Each flight costs about $1,900 a passenger - but since the lawyers are working in-flight, the three-to-four-hour ride is billable. Plus, private flights protect any confidential work and save the firm's lawyers about 36 collective hours they would spend arriving early, waiting in security, and checking bags on a commercial flight. The firm says it's "still able to offer lower costs because most of the patent work is done in Houston, where commercial real estate is 43% cheaper, salaries 52% lower, and competition for technical talent far less fierce" .