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Time for #DEVDiscuss — right here on DEV 😎

Inspired by @_michaellin‘s Top 7 post, tonight’s topic is…the golden handcuffs 💰

If you’re not familiar, the phrase “golden handcuffs” refers to a job that makes you feel bored, unhappy, or dissatisfied, while also compensating you really well. So well, in fact, that you feel like you can’t or shouldn’t leave.


  • Have you experienced the “golden handcuffs”?
  • What are your personal boundaries around compensation and job satisfaction? Which is more important to you, and why?
  • Any triumphs, fails, or other stories you’d like to share on this topic?


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