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New Delhi: Dell, the multinational technology company has maintained a hybrid working culture for over a decade, blending office and remote work seamlessly. However, the laptop brand has sparked controversy with its decision on promotions for remote workers.

The company communicated through a memo to its remote employees that while they are allowed to continue their work-from-home arrangements, they will not be eligible for promotions. The technological company has informed its employees that starting May, they would be classified as either “hybrid” or “remote” based on the new policy, as reported by Business Insider. (Also Read: WhatsApp Will Soon Allow Users To Scan UPI QR Codes, Pin Multiple Chats And More- All You Need To Know)

According to internal documents obtained by Business Insider (BI), hybrid workers at Dell will be mandated to physically attend an “approved” office for at least 39 days per quarter, roughly equivalent to three days per week. (Also Read: Vivo T3 5G Official Launch Date Confirmed In India; Check Date And Availability)

Alternatively, employees who prefer to continue working remotely have the option to transition to full-time remote work. However, in this choice the fully remote workers will not be eligible for promotions or have the ability to switch roles within the company. 

“Dell cared about the work, not the location. I would say 10% to 15% of every team was remote, “ high-ranking staff member at Dell informed the publication.

This new regulation implemented by Dell has caused frustration among many of its employees. An individual who preferred not to disclose their identity mentioned, “The entire company has been complaining about this behind closed doors,” 

According to Business Insider (BI), the memo distributed to Dell employees mentions, “For remote team members, it is important to understand the trade-offs: Career advancement, including applying to new roles in the company, will require a team member to reclassify as hybrid onsite.”

Dell is now asserting the significance of employees being present in the office to foster innovation and improve the company’s performance. Despite the discontent among many workers, Dell is standing by its decision to enforce the new rule.