Apple employees challenge return-to-office plan
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to embrace working from home. And Tim Cook has implemented this system in order to reduce the human density in its premises. Apple employees in the Santa Clara Valley and Elk Grove regions of California and those based in Seattle, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom have been asked to work remotely.
Moreover, the situation has since evolved and Apple has just established a new schedule for its employees. The CEO of the Cupertino company sent a memo stating that it is mandatory for employees to work in the office two to three days a week. This limits to two the number of weekly days of remote work from September 5. The employees are not in favor of this change and have launched a petition.
“Apple Together” asks for more flexibility on working from home
Apple Together, the group of Apple employees circulated a petition pushing back the implementation of the new schedule. He says greater flexibility would promote diversity within the company. According to the group, employees are happier and more productive working in an environment where they feel comfortable. He adds that Apple should encourage, not ban, telecommuting.
Apple Together also asks Apple to allow employees to speak with their supervisor to decide how to work without needing senior management approval and without having to activate complex procedures. The petition has also gained many signatures!
Tim Cook prefers the “traditional office”
Tim Cook has always emphasized the importance of face-to-face collaboration to the success of his company. However, due to the pandemic, the company announced and then canceled a series of back-to-office dates. And employees have repeatedly expressed their desire to work remotely permanently.
Initially employees were expected to work in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays but the new policy requires them to come to the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the third day would be determined by the employee and manager.