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Apple Employees Ask to Work Remotely

By MBN Staff | Thu, 06/10/2021 - 18:50

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s email announcing employees’ return to their offices, a group of employees wrote an internal letter to executive leadership teams requesting support in continuing to work remotely or in location-flexible ways. Employees said many of them have successfully worked outside the office and urged Apple management to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all policy for everyone. They also mentioned that the current policy and the communication around it had already forced some Apple employees to quit.

“Without the inclusivity that flexibility brings, many of us feel we have to choose between either a combination of our families, our well-being and being empowered to do our best work, or being a part of Apple,” the letter stated. “This is a decision none of us take lightly, and a decision many would prefer not to have to make.” The letter, wrote by about 80 employees, also mentioned that Apple’s workforce has felt “not only unheard but sometimes actively ignored” over the past year when it comes to communication between the company and its staff about remote working.

In its message last week, Cook said employees will return to the office three days a week starting in early September, the company confirmed to CNBC on June 3. The tech giant will ask most employees to work in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, while some teams will be asked to return four or five days a week. “For all that we have been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” Tim Cook said in an email to employees that was obtained by The Verge last week. “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”

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