With the rise in digital communication tools, Dell quickly realised that the workplace was changing. In order to attract and retain the best talent, they decided to introduce an initiative called ‘Connected Workplace’. This scheme was launched in early 2010 with the aim of creating a highly mobile, collaborative and agile work environment. Team members have to focus on the value of results rather than when and where the work gets done. The Connected Workplace initiative gives staff flexibility to find new ways of working that will drive business results. Within the program there are multiple working options including remote working, part-time, mobile, flexi-time, job sharing and a compressed work week.
Dell currently has 20% of its workforce participating in the Connected Workplace program, with a goal to increase staff participation to 50% by 2020. Trisa Thompson, vice president of corporate responsibility at Dell, said that $14 million was saved in 2012 through the scheme and greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 6,735 metric tons.
Dell really are ‘rethinking the traditional office model’ as they seek to engage and motivate their workforce. In this world of fast changing technology, Dell have learned to be quick at adapting their business strategy, working with team members to find the best possible solutions.
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