Why Remote Work Pay Cuts Are Sanctimonious Bullshit

Companies are inflicting pay cuts on employees who don’t come back to the office. This is just plain wrong, but it would be wrong even without a plague: here’s why.

Rachel Presser

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Headlines have been blaring about how Google employees agreed to pay cuts to keep working remotely.

I know I’m speaking in “almost a decade of not being someone’s employee” here, but I don’t think you should give in to this if your company is enacting such a policy. Stand your ground and demand to keep the salary you initially agreed to. Stand with your co-workers and help them demand the same!

But as someone who’s been far removed from negotiating salaries and having to work on an employer’s terms, I’m going to give my input on why remote pay cuts are bullshit. Because they are, and as someone who routinely sets my own rates and does my own negotiations, I am horrified at what’s taking place. These cuts would be ludicrous even if you didn’t have this whole deadly plague circulating where we’re now worse off than we were a year ago at the time of writing.

So, are you quaking at the thought of making this demand? I get it, losing a job has a higher magnitude than losing a prospect or deal. But if your employer is reasonable more often than not, you might want to keep these rebuttals in mind.

You’re being paid to do a job commensurate with your skills and experience, your location doesn’t automatically make it worth less to the company.

The whole appeal of having a digital business like mine is so you can easily move and travel. Once remote jobs for information-based work started to become the norm in 2020, remote employees got similar ideas. Sure, it’s a different dynamic when you MUST have your computer on at certain hours and your coworkers are now uninvited guests in your home, opposed to the complete privacy that us entrepreneurial freewheelers relish — but you can turn a laptop on anywhere with a decent connection speed. Even a desktop computer and a server, depending on what you do.

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Rachel Presser

Game dev, writer, small biz & tax consultant to indie devs. That loud socialist Frog Slut from The Bronx, now in Angel City. https://linktr.ee/sonictoad