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Dell Employees Working Remotely Won’t Be Considered for Promotions

ByHuey Yee Ong

Mar 24, 2024
Dell Employees Working Remotely Won't Be Considered for Promotions

Dell Employees Working Remotely Won’t Be Considered for Promotions

Dell has implemented a new policy that will exclude employees working fully remotely from being eligible for promotions, starting in May. This change follows the company’s February announcement of a return-to-office (RTO) mandate. Business Insider reports that this decision has raised concerns among employees, particularly because Dell’s teams are widely distributed geographically, which means in-person collaboration is not always feasible. Furthermore, there are apprehensions about the policy disproportionately affecting women, as Dell’s remote workforce is reportedly predominantly female.

Prior to this shift, Dell had a long-standing hybrid work culture and had been recognized for its workplace flexibility, including being listed on the “Best Place to Work for Disability Equality Index” since 2018. The company’s stance on remote work was once highlighted as a positive attribute, with CEO Michael Dell himself expressing support for remote working arrangements.

Under the new RTO policy, employees must choose between hybrid and fully remote work classifications. Hybrid employees are required to come into an approved office for approximately three days a week. Those opting to work fully remotely will face restrictions on their career advancement within the company.

This change has sparked significant internal discussions among Dell employees, with some expressing concerns about the implications for their careers and personal lives. The move has also led to broader discussions about workplace flexibility, productivity, and the future of remote work.

Dell has stated that the policy aims to foster innovation and value differentiation through in-person connections, yet this contrasts with previous messages from the company supporting the efficacy of remote work. Organizational psychologists and industry observers suggest that such policies may reflect a broader trend among companies to reassess remote work arrangements in the current economic climate, though not without potential implications for employee satisfaction and retention.


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Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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