Michael Dell: ‘Yes, Remote Working Is Absolutely Here To Stay’
Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell poses the question, would you rather be forced to work in the office every day or have the option of remote or hybrid working? ‘This is not really a hard test,’ Dell says.
Will the remote workforce stay intact in a post-COVID-19 world?
Yes, it’s absolutely here to stay. Let’s set the scene here: in a time when everybody has had a vaccine, assuming they wanted it – which I recommend by the way, if you can get a vaccine, get your vaccine – the COVID vaccines are plentiful and we’re not really worrying about the virus like we have in the past.
Imagine two hypothetical companies.
One company says, ‘Everyone is back in the office all the time – five days a week. I expect you to show up at 8 a.m. in the morning and stay for the day.’ Another company says, ‘You know what? We’re going to provide flexibility to our workforce. There might be certain days when we decide that we’re all going to come together because we want to collaborate in person, but other days, you can work from wherever you want. You can work from home. If you want to come into the office you can, but you’re not required too. You’re going to have flexibility.’
Now, which company do you think is a more attractive place to work? This is not really a hard test.