In a memo sent to his employees on Thursday, June 3, 2021, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his employees would return to the office three days a week starting in early September. However, this hybrid approach does not seem to appeal to all of the company’s employees who own it. let him know In an internal letter sent to their management.
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In the memo to Apple employees, Tim Cook said most of them will be asked to return to the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will be able to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays. On the other hand, some teams should be on site four to five days a week. This hybrid approach will be in effect at least until early 2022.
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“Despite all that we’ve been able to create while so many of us work from home, the truth is that there was something fundamental that was missing last year: seeing each other in person,” Tim Cook said. It cannot be reproduced.”
In addition to the two weekly days, company employees will be able to work remotely for up to two weeks a year. The point is that they can always be close to their family and have the ability to manage their unexpected moves. For the CEO of Apple, this new organization remains essential to the company’s good. “I know I’m not the only one who feels a lack of energy, creativity, collaboration, in our personal meetings, and a sense of the community we all built.”, he wrote.
Employees want a more flexible approach to working remotely
This hybrid approach doesn’t seem to appeal to all Apple employees. Two days after Tim Cook sent this memo, company employees in turn expressed themselves in a letter. according to the edgeOn the communication app Slack, the protest movement against returning face to face began. inside a channel called Defenders of remote work Which has 2,800 members, who are 80 involved in crafting the message.
In this letter, the staff expressed ‘growing anxiety’ Regarding politics “Distance working”. The latter has “Some of our colleagues were forced to resign”, says the staff. They feel they have to choose between their work at Apple and their family, as well as their well-being.
This refusal to return face to face is no small matter. Throughout the pandemic, employees have complained several times about the organization of work within Apple, citing the need to know how to work remotely with different time zones. They indicate that they are ‘Often actively feeling neglected’ over the past few months. Thus, they advocate a flexible approach, in which those willing to work completely remotely can do so.
If Tim Cook asks to come back face to face at least three times a week, that’s not the case for all companies. Facebook offices will only “run” at 10% of their usual capacity. Mark Zuckerberg even predicts that 50% of his employees will be working remotely permanently within 5 to 10 years. The same is true for Microsoft. According to the company, part-time homework will become the norm as well.