Flexible work to stay, but its long-term aspect is debated

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Nearly two years after millions of Americans suddenly became familiar with Zoom, questions about what the post-pandemic office will look like can be answered with a quick glance: it’s already here.

Like The Washington Post reports, the case for remote work functionality has largely been settled: the productivity cogs have continued to hum on Wall Street, Silicon Valley and other corporate strongholds, even as their offices tentacles were vacant. The employees stayed at home and learned to live at work. And throughout 2021, profits have been rolling.

Business leaders trying to bring employees back to the office have largely accepted the inevitability of the hybrid work model – a strategy backed by the reality of raging coronavirus rates, a tight labor market and the more than 10 million job vacancies in the country.

Now they are learning to take advantage of its benefits, according to Adam Galinsky, professor of leadership and ethics at Columbia Business School in New York. This includes more flexibility and less commuting time for employees, as well as reduced real estate and operating costs for businesses.

But the downsides of remote work, especially the negative effects on mentoring and interpersonal interactions that shape company culture, are still on the minds of business leaders. Read the full story.

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