While many CEOs are demanding that workers go back to the office post-pandemic, Michael Dell – head of Dell Technologies – is bucking the trend. Dell thinks that doing so won’t solve the teamwork or culture-building challenges that some say plague the remote-work environment.
“Even several of my fellow tech industry CEOs have pushed to get their teams back into physical offices ‘to engage more fully’ or be a more visible presence,” Dell said on LinkedIn. “If you are counting on forced hours spent in a traditional office to create collaboration and provide a feeling of belonging within your organization, you’re doing it wrong.”
Dell feels strongly that allowing global team members to choose the work style that best fits their lifestyle, whether that is remote or in an office or a blend of the two, nets the greatest results. Dell says, “Our business results show it’s working for us and I believe this model will eventually be embraced as the future of work.”
Rather than forcing employees to return to an office, Dell believes leaders should spend their time creating the right culture for their organizations, leveraging technology and internal feedback from teams.
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