A number of Apple employees have been ordered to return to the office after two years of remote work during the pandemic.
The group, which calls itself Apple Together, released a open letter expressing their disgust with the company hybrid work plan, which will require staff to report to the office three days a week from May 23.
The Apple Together group is said to be made up of 250 employees (out of about 165,000 total), with a few thousand more participating in an internal Slack channel dedicated to lobbying for the right to work remotely.
Apple office work mandate
Although Apple has sought to bring employees back to the office since the start of the pandemic, the date has had to be pushed back several times due to Covid-related developments. The latest iteration of the plan was detailed by Tim Cook in March.
“For many of you, I know that returning to the office is a long overdue step and a positive sign that we can engage more fully with the colleagues who play such an important role in our lives. For others, it can also be a troubling change,” the Apple CEO said at the time.
“In the weeks and months ahead, we have the opportunity to combine the best of what we’ve learned about working remotely with the irreplaceable benefits of working in person. collaboration. It is more important than ever that we support each other in this transition, through the challenges we face as a team and around the world.
However, this argument has not gone down well with members of Apple Together, who say the decision to bring employees back to the office is driven by paranoia and a desire to exert control over the workforce. .
“You characterized the decision for the hybrid working pilot as combining the “need to commune in person” with the value of flexible working. But in reality, he does not recognize flexible working and is only driven by fear. Fear of the future of work, fear of worker autonomy, fear of losing control,” the group writes.
“Office work is a technology of the last century, from the days before the ubiquity video call– Internet capable and everyone being on the same internal chat app. But the future is about connecting when it makes sense, with people who make a relevant contribution, no matter where they are based.
The letter goes on to call on Apple’s management team to “step aside,” citing a quote from Apple founder Steve Jobs, and let employees determine what work style is best for them.
Tech Radar Pro asked Apple for a response to the letter published by the group of employees.