The workplace is changing. How people work is changing. And as Sara Sutton Fell, the Founder and CEO of FlexJobs, knows all too well, “what people want from work is changing and flexible work is a really critical part of that transformation.”With our mutual support of flexible work, it comes as no surprise that Dell and FlexJobs have come together to showcase the viability of flex work in today’s workplace. FlexJobs has continuously recognized Dell in their Top 100 Companies with Remote Jobs List and the two companies have joined to support the flex work message at conferences such as TRaD Works Forum and Dell Technologies World.Recently Dell and FlexJobs came together to showcase Sutton as a CEO and Founder of a well-known company as well as a mom who successfully balances her work, team and personal life through flexible work while using Dell technology though out her day.With improved work-life balance, team members are 4x as likely to be engaged at work and 2x as likely to want to stay at their current jobs. However, it is not a one size fits all solution. Dell’s Connected Workplace Program recognizes that work flexibility comes in many forms including remote, flextime, part-time jobs, job sharing or compressed work week schedules. With that understanding, Dell is able to provide various flex work options for a wide range of positions. To see current opportunities, visit https://www.flexjobs.com/jobs/telecommuting-jobs-at-dell.By offering flex work options, Dell has not only realized the benefit of an engaged and productive workforce, the Connected Workplace Program also directly improves the company’s bottom line and its impact on the environment. Dell has saved millions in real estate costs since implementing the program, consolidating many of its offices worldwide. In addition, it is estimated that Dell employees in the U.S. alone avoid over 136 million miles of travel per year, saving over $12 million in fuel costs and avoiding over 35,000 metric tons of CO2e per year.Given its positive impact on the environment, the company and its people; flexible work options have always been a part of Dell’s corporate social responsibility plan. The goal for 2020 is to encourage eligible Dell team members to leverage flexible work options, increasing global participation to 50 percent. As of the recently released FY18 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, Dell has surpassed its 2020 goal, with 58 percent of team members leveraging flexible work in their jobs!As Sutton concurs, “Companies that are looking to the future and considering the transformation of work, are going to be the ones who are successful. And Dell is one of the companies that is really listening to people and evolving with the workplace.”
This guest post is written by Jacob Palalay, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).In the U.S. alone, the LGBTQ+ community wields a massive $900B in spending power, and an estimated 1.4M LGBTQ+ -owned businesses generate more than $1.7 trillion for the economy.Despite this immense power, the LGBTQ+ community, much like other minority communities, continues to battle for full equality, both professionally and personally.Organizations like ours, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), can provide the necessary partnership and guidance to help companies, like Dell, identify best practices to support LGBTQ+ businesses.Dell is not only committed to supporting diversity amongst its team members, but with its suppliers as well. Dell spends more than $3 billion with certified women-owned, minority-owned suppliers (including LGBTQ+) and small businesses. Dell established supplier diversity champions throughout the organization, to help suppliers navigate throughout the company, gain access to opportunities and network and build relationships. These champions meet monthly to ensure the company is tracking toward their commitments to facilitate supplier diversity.NGLCC has worked with more than 1,000 organizations on everything from corporate advisory on diversity and inclusion to establishing better procedures for engaging with diverse suppliers. Education is a major part of what we do. I wanted to share a few core pieces of our framework to helping organizations better understand the issues that the LGBTQ+ community face and how they can be addressed.Although Pride month has officially ended, businesses and communities must continue to ask the questions:How can we better support the LGBTQ+ community?How can we ensure all groups are provided the same respect and resources needed to thrive in society?Intersectionality: No Identity Operates in a SiloBefore you can understand how to support the LGBTQ+ community there are two things that should be made clear:No individual holds a single identity, and any individual whose identity includes any minority group likely faces or has felt the challenges endured by minority populations.All rights movements could not exist without the strides made by other groups. The civil rights and women’s liberation movements, for example, have opened the door for many subsequent movements. Diversity drives diversity, and one group’s progress can provide a great roadmap for other communities.For example, Dell’s Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR) voted to include LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) as part of their billion-dollar supply chain spend on diverse-owned businesses. Just by expanding their definition of “diverse” the LGBTQ+ community will benefit exponentially.For Businesses – Collaboration is KeyWith that in mind, businesses of all sizes must consider how company actions and policies impact the LGBTQ+ community. Whether conscious of it or not, everyday decisions could leave a lasting impact for team members or communities. The first step in progress is acknowledging this.The second step is finding the right place to start paving a more equitable path.Engaging with organizations like the NGLCC can help identify existing blind spots in your diversity strategy and assist with implementing changes to better support all team members.Dell has partnered with us on a variety of levels, including:Corporate Procurement Council, which focuses on LGBTQ+ suppliersCorporate Advisory Council, which focuses on Employee Resource GroupsMentorship program, where large corporations mentor an LGBTQ-owned supplier about how to work with large organizationsMarketplace Expo, where companies can showcase products to LGBTQ and small businessesBillion Dollar RoundtableConferences are also a great arena to listen to leaders in the space, network with other businesses, and build relationships that can shape your company’s future. A few (emphasis on few, as there are many other great conferences out there) include:NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference (August 14-17, Philadelphia) – Our annual conference attracts 1,300+ entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, chamber leaders and government leaders for keynotes, workshops and general expo.Out and Equal Workplace Summit (October 1-4, Seattle) – The summit will have more than 90 workshops, panels, roundtables, mixers and more to share strategies and best practices to create inclusive workplaces.Billion Dollar Roundtable (August 21-22, Providence) – BDR members, like Dell, and guests discuss best practices to support supplier diversity and inspire cross-industry change.Citizens, Join the CauseAnyone can take action, regardless of corporate affiliation.The NGLCC has a multitude of affiliate chapters, and if your area is not represented you can connect with your local government to learn how you can get involved and to educate yourself on the issues most relevant to your area.The HRC Corporate Equality Index is also a great resource to ensure you’re working with or supporting companies that have demonstrated a commitment to supporting all publics.Celebrate Pride Across Borders, Today and Every Day If your business is looking to take its diversity initiatives to the next level, we’re here to help. While we specialize in the LGBTQ+ community, we have a broad network to find the best partner.Let’s make strides in the corporate realm to truly be proud for Pride 2019. Jacob Palalay serves as the NGLCC Sr. Director of Corporate Relations by managing established corporate partnerships, sponsorships and corresponding benefits. Additionally, he leads the Corporate Relations team in managing NGLCC’s two corporate councils, programming and events. His passion focus at NGLCC is sustainability, specifically, the social and economic sustainability of diverse suppliers and the LGBTQ community.Palalay received his B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication with a secondary focus in Public Relations from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. He made the move to NGLCC after several years of working on political campaigns, starting as a field organizer in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia where he was born and raised, and eventually working as a campaign manager on a congressional primary in the greater Boston area.
Field workers’ PCs can take a beating. These users demand durable, reliable solutions that can withstand some of the most adverse conditions. That’s where the all new Latitude Rugged Extreme 5000 and 7000 Series comes in. As a Dell partner, you are uniquely positioned to help solve some of your customers’ toughest application problems with the innovative Rugged portfolio, in turn helping you achieve higher sales and profitability.To help you expand your revenue potential, we’ve built a set of marketing assets that will put you at the forefront of your customer communications when explaining the benefits of the Rugged family. Add your personal touch for deeper engagement and equip your sales team with the solutions they need to broaden their customer conversation.The strength of versatility Law enforcement, military and other field workers may have vastly different ways of working, but they all have one thing in common: they face inhospitable conditions at one point or another in their careers. From frigid temperatures to oppressive heat, corrosive sand to hurricane-force rain, no environment is too harsh for this new class of Rugged. They’re military-standard 810G tested to deliver a robust performance that integrates seamlessly into existing IT infrastructures, with no-hassle manageability and end-to-end security.These systems really do conquer where the others crumble, thanks to the latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ iSeries processors that deliver up to several times more CPU performance than the previous generation, and improved battery life for extended service in the field. We’ve further fortified its nerves of steel with Gorilla® Glass screening, 10-point glove-touch ability and superior direct sunlight readability. And because those using Rugged systems need to make split-second decisions and make quick decisions, we’ve equipped them with USB 3.0 Type C connectivity for fast and efficient one-wire docking and charging while on the go. And it’s all backed by the most comprehensive supply chain and support program on the market.Stay powered up under pressureThe Dell Portable Power Companion allows your customers to bring extra power with them, so they can be more productive. This handy device can simultaneously power their Rugged devices, as well as up to two smartphones, tablets or other USB-enabled devices. It features a 18,000 mAh 6-cell battery that provides reliable power on the go and is easily charged using a Dell power adapter. Moreover, it is lightweight and compact, so your customers can stay powered on the go without adding bulk to their bag.Quick docking on the goThe portfolio is designed to dock quickly, easily and securely using in-vehicle docking stations that help maximize computing and communication while on the go or in remote locations. We work closely with our docking and mounting partners Havis and First Mobile Technologies, to provide access to up to three communication interfaces simultaneously: GPS, RF and Broadband. All Rugged docking stations enable users to charge their laptops, access external peripherals and secure the laptops against theft or damage. They are military-standards tested as well as crash tested to automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards, and have been cycle tested beyond the expected use.Maximum support, minimal effortHelp your customers put the final “plate of armor” in place with ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist. It’s our most comprehensive service offered and the only available premium service for PCs and tablets that automates support to prevent issues before they occur and quickly resolve issues when needed. ProSupport Plus combines all the essential support needs of your customers into one support service, reducing downtime for end users, increasing productivity for IT and protecting valuable assets and data..The ultimate test for man and machineWhen the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – a 40,000 nautical-mile yacht race around the world in some of the harshest conditions imaginable – needed tough technology to help keep their skippers and crews on the right path and connected to the world during the race, we knew we had the right fit: Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme. Combating the most extreme conditions – numbing cold, oppressive heat, brutal waves, corrosive salt, having the Rugged Extreme on board made it easier for the crew to effectively stay connected to the outside world. This is truly a success story that shows what can be accomplished when a strong partnership is established!Tested to fail, built to lastBecause we design and manufacture all sorts of devices for a wide range of your customers worldwide, there are certain advantages we can bring to the table when designing Dell Rugged products. We have a unified team of engineers and testers whose sole job is to take Dell Rugged to the breaking point, then figure out how to improve it. It’s what we call “testing to fail” – going beyond the baseline industry standards to find the true limits of our products, because we know the rugged PCs market is unique and your customers’ experiences don’t fit squarely into a check box. The team shares best practices, lessons learned and other knowledge to enhance the overall strength of our product portfolio.Because your rugged customers don’t necessarily invest in just the devices but in the accessory ecosystem as well, we want to provide you with a product that has longevity and forwards and backwards compatibility with previous generations. That’s why we make sure we stretch the compatibility of our newest Rugged portfolio as long as possible, so you can deliver on the demands of your customers without having to upgrade their entire setup.Tools to accelerate your salesFrom quick-reference call scripts to email and social content, download all the marcom assets you need on the Digital Marketing Platform.You can also download the newest Dell Latitude Rugged brochure or tune into the webinar to find out how you can help strengthen your customers’ performance in the field.
COVID-19 has changed the way we work, the way we interact, and the way we approach public health. But it hasn’t changed our commitment to our partners. We have our partners’ backs. We always have, and always will.That’s why we’ve been working on ways we can continue to support our partners – so they can continue to support their customers – during this unpredictable time.IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR PARTNERSWe understand that financing and cash flow liquidity play an important role in any business continuity plan. Many of our partners may need help in this area as they try to serve their customers and help their employees remain productive during this difficult time. With that in mind, we have taken actions to provide immediate financial relief to metaled partners while helping build capabilities and pipeline for the future:We will provide a one-time cash payout for up to 50 percent of current partner Market Development Fund (MDF) / Business Development Fund (BDF) balances for use towards future marketing activities. Partners can apply for this at any time between April 13 – June 20, 2020. Upon approval, partners will receive immediate payment up front, freeing up cash flow, offering flexibility and providing the time value of money. Further details will be available on the MDF/BDF programFor our metaled solutions providers, we are offering fee-waived Services Deployment training for Unity XT, VxRail and DP4400 from now until May 31, 2020, ensuring that eligible partners continue to build valuable capabilities during this time.We are also introducing new team-based pricing options for solutions providers to make all training more affordable for our partners’ teams.For distributors, we are removing the 1H FY21 client solutions growth targets and increasing base rates to improve predictability of earnings. This is aligned with our removal of target-based programs for solution providers announced in February 2020 as an effort to simplify and improve earning predictability in our rebate structure.We extended unspent earned MDF and BDF that was scheduled to expire between March and July to July 24, 2020.LEADING THE WAY WITH WORKING CAPITAL SOLUTIONS (WCS)In addition, the power of our Dell Technologies Working Capital Solutions (WCS) Program can help partners through this period of uncertainty.Many of our partners are already familiar with our WCS program, which has been around for more than two decades and now supports more than 1,500 partners across 74 countries. Through Dell Technologies’ preferred financing vendors, we offer our resellers and distributors some of the most favorable payment terms in the industry, as well as increased credit capacity and simplification of partner accounts payable management through online tools— all of which may help partners’ business grow.Also, did you know?WCS complements Dell Financial Services (DFS). Partners whose end customers use DFS may receive payment in as quickly as two days, and if they’re using WCS, in most scenarios, partners who qualify can benefit from 60 to 90 days payment terms extension to pay their financing vendor.WCS offers flexibility for partners to extend up to 120 days from the invoice date (subject to financing vendor approval) for an incremental fee negotiated with the financing vendor, providing adaptive liquidity solutions.WCS enables partners to win bigger. With WCS, partners can meet end user demand for longer invoice payment terms. With a range of 60-90 days for qualifying partners, the partner cash conversion cycle can be fully tailored to mirror the payment demands of their end user.DELL FINANCIAL SERVICES (DFS), AN $8.5B GROWTH ENGINE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERSDell Financial Services (DFS) has been a leader in technology payment solutions for the last 22 years. DFS originations increased 16% year over year to $8.5B in FY20. In addition, we have been delivering flexible consumption solutions to our customers and channel partners for more than 14 years. Our consumption-based offerings are now approaching over $3.5B in assets under management.We know that customers need technology right now, but many organizations need more flexible repayment terms, and our partners may need help managing cash flow or end-user credit risk.Beyond the extensive payment solutions DFS offers, below are the additional options available through 5/1/20**. Each solution can be fully customized to your customers’ needs to include deferred payment schedules and zero up-front costs to help preserve capital.24-month Financing at 0% interest for Servers and select Storage36-month Financing at 3.99% interest for majority of Dell Technology productsAs low as a 6-month term and Rotation lease options for select laptops, thin clients and mobile workstations3-, 6- and potentially 9-month deferrals for qualified creditAs I stated in my open letter to partners last month, it’s a great honor to be part of this remarkable partner community that continues to empower both large and small organizations around the world, especially in these unsettling times. We welcome your questions, feedback and suggestions for how we can continue to help you and your customers, from guidance on remote working to simple support and friendship. Thank you for your partnership, and know we are here for you, today and always.**Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. or its affiliate or designee (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Where available offers may be changed without notice and are subject to product availability, applicable law, credit approval, documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS and may be subject to minimum transaction size. Offers not available for personal, family or household use. Restrictions and additional requirements may apply to transactions with governmental or public entities.
PARIS (AP) — Vandals painted pro-Uighur graffiti on France’s Holocaust Memorial ahead of international commemorations of the Nazi slaughter of millions of Jews. The Israeli Embassy in France tweeted a photo of the graffiti scrawled on a wall etched with the names of tens of thousands of French victims of the Holocaust. The embassy expressed “horror and anger” at the vandalism “on such a symbolic day.” Paris police said the graffiti was discovered Wednesday morning, as ceremonies were being held or planned around the world to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The graffiti was not expressly anti-Semitic but apparently sought to call attention to China’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Town of Palm Beach, Florida, is considering its legal options as former President Donald Trump is still living at his Mar-a-Lago club, a possible violation of a 1993 agreement. Town Manager Kirk Blouin said in a brief email Thursday that Palm Beach is examining its options and the matter might be discussed at the town council’s February meeting. Trump and the town agreed nearly 30 years ago when he turned the estate into a club that he would not live there more than seven days consecutively or more than 21 days a year. Trump’s office disputes that there’s an agreement, saying nothing prevents him from living there.
NEW DELHI (AP) — It took just one tweet from Rihanna to anger the Indian government and supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party. The pop star tweeted a link to a news story on the farmer protests that have gripped India. Now, senior officials, Indian celebrities and India’s foreign ministry are urging compatriots to denounce outsiders trying to divide the country. Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting new agriculture laws they say will devastate their earnings. The protests are posing a major challenge for Modi who has billed the laws as necessary to modernize Indian farming. Greta Thunberg and the niece of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris are among those who tweeted their support, triggering a social media storm back in India.