Apple workers petition for more work-from-home options
Like many employers dreaming of better times, Apple wants its workers back to their office desks, where they stay away from consoles all day (where they can be watched with the hawkish eyes of middle management). On the other hand, workers do not see much nostalgia, nor do they see much or any reason to return.
Financial Times mentioned Monday that Apple workers have circulated an internal petition arguing that employees They demonstrated “exceptional work” under their current work-from-home schedules and flexible work schedules.
The petition refers to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, making him known that he wants it very much The return of employees to roam the halls From the Headquarters offices in Cupertino at least three days a week by the 5th of September. As if to smear that requirement with a tinge of menace, came Tim Apple’s trumpet to get employees back into the office with layoffs of about 100 contract-based enlisted employees, according to the Bloomberg. The layoffs did not affect full-time employees.
That August memo stated that employees should be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus another day set by individual team leaders. In response, the petition writers threw Apple’s “think differently” mantra back at the company, saying that flexible working would allow them to feel comfortable enough to innovate in the ways the company wanted.
The petition was reportedly signed by an internal group of disaffected workers called Apple Together, which wrote that the “unified mandate” does not include workers who are “happier and more productive” when they are able to perform their tasks from rest. from home. An unnamed member of Apple Together told the Financial Times that they did not reveal their names in the petition nor to journalists to protect themselves from retaliation. Apple has been accused of union busting Activities of employees in some retail stores.
Apple previously indicated that it is moving toward a three-day in-office workweek, returning to 2021. The company has postponed the back-to-office push Back in May Amid the rise in cases of the virus. Under these upcoming rules, workers will still need to wear masks in common areas.
Apple did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.
Employees like their boss are not keen on leaving comforts to work at home. FT reports that Apple Slack’s internal channel “Remote Work Advocacy” has more than 10,000 people. The company has seen The departure of the big names This is partly due to Apple’s insistence that its workers plant their butts in their offices most days of the week, including former machine learning chief Ian Goodfellow.
Goodfellow took his racquet and ball to Alphabet, which has been so until now more open For employees who work from home. Apple’s oldest competitor, Microsoft also owns a file Much more WFH Flexible Policy. Although the big tech companies will suffer losses in the second half of 2022, companies like Alphabet-owned Google want to “Better and faster results. No matter where you are, it seems, the pressures of ever-increasing expectations will find you.