Dell to Move Large Numbers of Employees to Flexible and Home Work

Nov 21, 2013
This article is part of a series called Wake-up Call.

dellFor those keeping score on the work-from-home issue: there are those who believe making people get to the office can increase innovation and can even help turn a company around.

Others say home work can reduce costs, increase productivity, decrease burnout, and attract top talent. Stack Exchange says that telecommuting is not only allowed but is essential to its successful culture.

Dell has now voted, and it is coming down hard in the direction of telecommuting.

The company, Business Insider notes, sells IT equipment that makes people more mobile, so it wants to eat its proverbial own dog food. But it says that “Dell’s commitment to remote work is the biggest we’ve ever heard of … showing other big companies that remote work is not something to be feared but should be encouraged for thousands of workers.”

On pages 57 and 58 of the new Dell document I’ve embedded below, Dell says it wants 50 percent of eligible global employees to have flexible schedules, and that it wants “to help leaders at all levels to successfully transition from managing face-to-face to managing globally dispersed teams.”

Incidentally, there are a couple of other tidbits in there that might be of interest, including:

  • Thirty-seven percent of Dell hires come from employee referrals.
  • It wants to “increase university hiring to a rate of 25 percent of all external hiring.”
This article is part of a series called Wake-up Call.
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