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Apple employees speak out against return to office

06/07/2021 - 04:06

Apple employees have spoken out against a new company rule that would require them to work from the office at least three days a week. According to them, working remotely has only improved their productivity, allowed them to take care of themselves and their loved ones and avoid wasting time commuting.

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Apple employees have expressed dissatisfaction with the company's new rule that will require them to work from the office at least three days a week. It was reported by The Verge, citing a letter from employees to the head of Apple Tim Cook.

Earlier this week, Cook said that from September most employees would be required to come into the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and optionally work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays. "I know I'm not the only one who misses the buzz of activity, energy, creativity and collaboration inherent in our face-to-face meetings," he said.

In a statement, Apple employees urged management to reconsider this decision and opt for a more flexible approach to workflow. "Many of us at Apple have been successful not in spite of telecommuting, but largely because of the ability to work out of the office," the letter's authors said. They said it allowed them to take better care of themselves and their loved ones and avoid the hassle of commuting to work each day.

The workers also drew attention to a significant gap in the views of top management and company staff about working remotely. "Saying that 'many of us want to interact in person with our colleagues in the office' <...> seems dismissive and devaluing. Many of us already feel better connected to our colleagues than ever before," they said. Apple's approach to remote working has, according to the letter's authors, 'already forced some of our colleagues to leave the company'.

Other Silicon Valley tech companies have taken a less conservative stance on telecommuting. Google announced in May that 20% of its employees would be able to work from home at all times. Mark Zuckerberg said remote working is the future and allowed Facebook employees not to return to the office if they agreed to do so with their line manager, The Verge noted.


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