Dell asks workers to take unpaid time off

By on November 5, 2008, 5:53 PM
Dell has begun asking employees to “voluntarily” take up to five days off without pay as part of an effort to cut costs this quarter. The unusual request was made via a memo from CEO Michael Dell, in which he highlighted a 10 percent workforce cut announced in 2007, and suggested a new round of layoffs could begin if these measures don’t achieve the desired results.

The company also instituted a global hiring freeze, is offering an enhanced severance package for employees who voluntarily leave the company, cutting travel budgets, and reducing the number temporary and contract employees. Dell did not provide a monetary figure for the savings it expects from these moves, though it’s being reported that these latest efforts are intended to result in additional savings beyond the $3 billion in annual expenses the company previously pledged to cut over the next three years.




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windmill007 said:
I don't know many people who can take a week off work without pay especially now a days. I don't think this will work? Its got to be bad if dell is having problems. Thats all we have at work and about 80 percent of people I know have dells at home.
KingDingDong said:
i think Dell is BS. I used to work for them. I had some firends off my old team call me monday from the Nashville Tennessee site. They were layedoff for good. No chance to come back......Dell is a horrible company with how it treats its employees.....
fada said:
[b]Originally posted by KingDingDong:[/b][quote]i think Dell is BS. I used to work for them. I had some firends off my old team call me monday from the Nashville Tennessee site. They were layedoff for good. No chance to come back......Dell is a horrible company with how it treats its employees.....[/quote]What did you expect? Did you think michael dell was going to give your friends a hug and tell them he was sorry things did not work out?Dell is a business, not a charity, it treats its employees fairly, just because you dont like it does not mean their "horrible"Edit for spelling
viperpfl said:
[b]Originally posted by KingDingDong:[/b][quote]i think Dell is BS. I used to work for them. I had some firends off my old team call me monday from the Nashville Tennessee site. They were layedoff for good. No chance to come back......Dell is a horrible company with how it treats its employees.....[/quote]This is when I say people don't understand economics. It's what you call a trickle down effect. People don't buy goods, company don't make money, company lays off people. When you work for a retail company or manufacturing company, you should expect ups and downs. Company makes money when people buy stuff. Don't blame the company for being layed off, blame the people who aren't buying anything. I worked in retail for 8 years and because of the ups and downs, I don't work in retail anymore. I left my previous company in the nick of time because they layed off a bunch of people because of poor retail sales.
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by fada:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by KingDingDong:[/b][quote]i think Dell is BS. I used to work for them. I had some firends off my old team call me monday from the Nashville Tennessee site. They were layedoff for good. No chance to come back......Dell is a horrible company with how it treats its employees.....[/quote]What did you expect? Did you think michael dell was going to give your friends a hug and tell them he was sorry things did not work out?Dell is a business, not a charity, it treats its employees fairly, just because you dont like it does not mean their "horrible"[/quote]I've got to admit it bud... you've got a point.This is the real world. Business is business. Your mates got laid off? Well join the bloody club. There is a world economic recession on at the moment, what did you all expect, a box of chocolates?
DadH said:
Well... I don't hear Old Man Dell volunteering to do without a weeks' pay & at his salary, that would save several Dell jobs. I worked for a firm once where if the work force faced a pay cut, EVERYONE in the firm (including ALL management) faced the same cut.
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