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As Yahoo and HP restrict employees ability to work from home, Dell moves in the opposite direction

Broadband makes people's homes their offices.

Yahoo be damned. Dell wants more, not fewer, of its employees to work remotely next year. In fact, it wants half its workers to work outside the office next year, up from 20 percent now, according to the Austin Business Journal, referencing comments from Dell spokeswoman Colleen Ryan.

That’s a big number for a company that employs roughly 110,000 people worldwide. And Dell’s statement flies in the face of what seemed to be a burgeoning “butt in chair” work ethic kicked off when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer curtailed work-at-home options for Yahoo employees early this year. HP, a major Dell rival, followed Myer’s lead a few months back with a similar edict from CEO Meg Whitman. Whitman echoed Myer’s “all hands on deck” mandate.

Of course, offering flexible workplace options is a good way to retain employees — especially those that might be skittish since Dell just completed a $24 billion deal to take itself private. Such transactions often come with layoffs or other traumatic maneuvers that might cause even the best employees to run for the exits.

Reached for comment, Ryan confirmed the report. She stressed that working remotely “remains a  choice and for many of us, a perk. We’re seeing great productivity and getting great feedback from team members in locations where we’ve rolled this out.”

  1. “As Dell and HP restrict employees ability to work from home, Dell moves in the opposite direction”. I think you meant “As Yahoo and HP…”.

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    1. you guys are FAST! this pubbed before an edit and i corrected already. thank you for the head’s up!

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  2. $24?

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    1. ditto you. fixed and thank you

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  3. “Dell just completed a $24 deal to take itself private” .. seriously? $24?

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  4. Editors, please wake up…?

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    1. totally my fault. not theirs. i pubbed by mistake

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      1. All good. It got shared (I’m assuming automatically) to Facebook upon publish…

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  5. I know a couple smart people at Dell, and they work from home a couple days a week. I don’t think they’d still be there if they were forced to work from the office each day.

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  6. glad some companies are thinking for themselves instead of blindly following the yahoo way.

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  7. Dave Guerra (Author) Sunday, November 24, 2013

    Newsflash. It is dramatically more productive (plus liberating) to work from home. Kudos, Dell.

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  8. I think this says less about Dell and more about Marissa Mayer, IMHO, a very overrated CEO whom, like Obama getting the Noble Peace metal for doing nothing, Mayer enjoys accolades from tech journalist for absolutely nothing. She might prove to be the great CEO that she has already been painted as but till then the only thing I can assume is that she is elevated due to being a (good looking) woman in the tech sector.

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  9. pubbed? A writer so lazy that she can’t spell published. Wonderful!

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  10. “Pubbed” is slang for published. Writers use it all the time. Thanks for your kind and thoughtful note. Happy holidays.

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