The statement came after the company announced implementing a hybrid modality that would involve going to the office three times a week.
It has been said many times that the home office that was accelerated by the hand of the pandemic is here to stay. And while it is true that this is happening in some sectors, it is also true that some companies began to migrate to a hybrid system that combines some days of remote work with others in person. This has been well received by some employees but not by all.
A group of Apple employees was against the new policy that would force them to return to the office three days a week starting in early September. A letter signed by staff members requests that there be a more flexible modality that allows those who wish to do so, to work 100% remotely.
The answer came just days after Tim Cook sent a note to company employees saying they would need to return to the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays starting in the Northern Hemisphere fall. Most employees can work remotely twice a week. They can also telecommute for up to two weeks a year if their manager approves of this option.
Apple's flexible space / remote work policy, and communication around it, has already forced some of our colleagues to resign. Without the flexibility to provide comprehensiveness, many of us feel we have to choose between being trained for our family, our well-being and our best work, or being part of Apple. ", is mentioned in the letter to which he had access the specialized portal The Verge.
Before the pandemic, Apple was not very adept at remote work, as highlighted in the portal. This hybrid work modality already represents a great cultural change for that company. There are companies like Google that are also implementing this way of working. The new model of that computer giant is based on working three days a week at the office and another two at home or wherever they prefer, something that Microsoft also implemented.
However, other companies such as Twitter or Facebook have told employees that they can work from home forever, even after the pandemic ends.
"During the last year, we often felt not only unknown but also actively ignored, "says the letter, adding: "Messages like, 'We know that many of you are eager to reconnect in person with your colleagues at the office,' without messages acknowledging that there are directly conflicting feelings between us, feel derogatory and disabling (....) There is a disconnect between the way the executive team thinks about remote/flexible work at the location and the experiences lived by many of Apple's employees. "
The letter was started on a Slack channel called "Remote Work Advocates," which has approximately 2,800 members. About 80 people participated in the writing and editing of the note addressed to Tim Cook and the rest of the company executives.