UPDATED 14:18 EDT / NOVEMBER 27 2013

Dell unenthusiastic about HP Way Now, encourages remote working

Following in the footsteps of Yahoo! boss Marisa Mayer, Meg Whitman last month revised Hewlett-Packard’s historically liberal remote working policies as part of a new turnaround strategy dubbed HP Way Now. The framework necessitates “all hands on deck,” according to an internal memo, which means that employees are now required to work from the office.

Ignoring the widely recognized productivity and efficiency benefits of telecommuting, HP claims that the move aims to improve collaboration and eliminate underutilized workspace. Rival Dell, however, is taking the opposite approach with an ambitious corporate sustainability roadmap dubbed “”2020 Legacy of Good.”

The hardware giant, Austin, Texas’ largest employer, is looking to have half of its 14,000 headquarters staff working remotely by 2020. About 20 percent of the employees at Round Rock, Texas already do least part of the time, Dell’s vice president of Corporate Responsibility Trisa Thompson said in KVUE interview, which helped company save $14 million and reduce CO2 emissions by 6,735 metric tons in 2012 alone.

The firm hopes to further reduce operating expenses and take as many as 7,000 cars off the roads over the next six years. If achieved, this reduction would let workers avoid rush-out traffic while relieving congestion in local roads.

Besides doubling down on telecommuting, Dell also plans to get 75 percent of employees involved in community service, use only recyclable or compostable materials for packaging, and minimize its dependency on environmentally sensitive materials such as mercury and beryllium.

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