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Dell employees have until Friday to take advantage of a voluntary early retirement program as the newly private company's desire to trim its workforce continues.

Dell informed a portion of its 110,000 employees about the "voluntary separation program." Company spokesman David Fink said the program would attempt to "improve Dell's cost structure and free up capital to make the investments in growth areas that matter to our customers the most." Fink did not say how many jobs the company was seeking to cut or if layoffs were forthcoming.

A Dell employee who wished to remain anonymous said he is "taking a chance and staying." However, he said that longtime employees have grappled with the decision to take the package, as there's a chance they could choose to stay and eventually get laid off.

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