Linked – Dell said return to the office or else—nearly half of workers chose “or else”

Workers stayed remote even when told they could no longer be promoted.

This should not surprise anyone.

I can think of a few reasons why this should not have surprised anyone at Dell.

  1. There are many roles at a large company from which you will never be significantly promoted. I first noticed this when I worked at a bank and could be an Accounting Clerk 1, 2, or 3. There was a slight difference in pay but no significant difference in day-to-day work. The slight difference in pay would have been the same if the company made cost of living adjustments every year. Over the years, I’ve lost count of the new titles and “promotions” I received. Very few of them significantly differed from what I was doing with the old title.
  2. In any large company, many people don’t want to be promoted. Not everyone wants to be a manager, and not everyone should be a manager.
  3. Since we know Dell was doing this to downsize without having to announce a layoff, these folks understood the assignment. Make them fire you.
  4. Remote work is extremely beneficial to workers. Extremely. I’ve been remote since 2019. Do you know how much money and time I save just not commuting? Do you know how interesting and engaging my work is when I don’t have to deal with being in the same room with people and trying to “look” busy? Do you know how boring sitting in an office all day is for me?

I have no intention of ever working in an office again. I’d have to be broke and desperate. You might feel differently; good for you. Enjoy the office. I’m betting the folks at Dell who work remotely didn’t see anything in Dell’s “offer” that made them feel different than I do. They were already working remotely successfully. Why change that to increase the small possibility that they might get a desired promotion?

Nah, we’re good being away from the office. If you want to downsize, you must do it the old-fashioned way.

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