Apple Employees Resist a Return to the Office
After a year of working from home during the pandemic, 61% of employees prefer being fully remote rather than working in an office setting, as reported by a Growmotely survey. While employers are pushing to get people back into offices, employees have different ideas about their optimal work arrangement.
Employees at Apple, for example, expressed in an internal letter that they prefer a flexible approach which would allow them to work remotely if they choose. Apple CEO Tim Cook says video calls from home “simply cannot replicate” some aspects of office life. He is asking most employees to come in on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays leaving them to choose if they want to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays.
“Over the last year, we often felt not just unheard, but at times actively ignored,” Apple employees wrote in the letter. “Messages like, ‘we know many of you are eager to reconnect in person with your colleagues back in the office,’ with no messaging acknowledging that there are directly contradictory feelings amongst us feels dismissive and invalidating,” the letter continued.
In light of these concerns, several large companies like Facebook and Twitter have decided to allow employees to work from home permanently. Other companies like Apple are trying hybrid solutions that give employees some flexibility while also benefiting from office culture.
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