In the video above, Columbia Business School Professor Stephan Meier discusses his research, which reveals the potential competitive advantage that companies can achieve when they embrace flexible, hybrid schedules that allow for remote work.

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The rise of remote work is transforming not only where employees labor, but how managers lead, according to new research by Columbia Business School Professor Stephan Meier.

With hybrid schedules here to stay, the organizations that will thrive are those that evolve their practices to support flexible work-from-home and in-office collaboration.

As Professor Meier explains, the post-pandemic workplace requires rethinking when, where, and how work gets done based on the task. Reserve in-person office days for interactive ideation and relationship building. Evaluate remote workers based on output and goals rather than face time. Foster trust by focusing on results instead of monitoring activity.

This autonomy and flexibility is key for attracting and retaining top talent, who now scrutinize company culture and work-life balance on sites like Glassdoor. Along with competitive compensation, today's employees prioritize purpose, growth, and a healthy work experience.

To strengthen culture in a distributed workforce, Professor Meier advises facilitating social connections through office activities while supporting remote collaboration channels. Learning and development programs should reskill workers to be agile in a rapidly evolving workplace.

In short, leaders who embrace the new flexibility stand to gain an edge on old-school managers demanding rigid office-bound schedules. As Professor Meier's research reveals, companies that successfully adapt their management strategies for a hybrid world will be poised for productivity, innovation, and success in the future.