A group of Apple employees have written an internal letter to CEO Tim Cook and the company’s executive management team ask them to support employees who want to continue working remotely or in location-flexible ways. Officials said many of them thrived working outside the office, and called on Apple’s management to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all policy for people.
The inner letter that it was obtained from Verge and sent for signature by Apple employees on Friday, was distributed two days after Cook told employees he would be asked to enter the office three days a week since September. Employees in the letter say that while they are sure that Apple has more plans beyond what was announced, they believe that the current work from a distance and flexible location the policy was “not enough” to meet many of their needs.
The Verge reported that the internal letter was launched on the Slack Channel for Remote Work Lawyers, which has about 2,800 members. About 80 people were involved in drafting the letter.
Remarkably, employees said that the current policy and the communication around it have already forced some Apple employees to leave.
“Without inclusion, which brings flexibility, many of us think we have to choose between a combination of our families, our well-being and the opportunity to do our best work. or as part of Apple “, the letter states according to Verge (focusing on employees). “This is a decision that none of us takes lightly, and many would prefer not to.”
In a statement to employees earlier this week, Cook said Apple would ask most employees to enter the office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Employees will be able to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays, although some teams will need to enter the office four to five days week. However, employees will be allowed to work remotely for up to two weeks a year, but will need to seek the approval of their manager.
“For everything we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that something significant has been missing in the past year: each other,” Cook said in an email. “Video conferencing has reduced the distance between us to be sure, but there are things he just can’t repeat.”
The employees exploded company messages such as this, although not this message in particular, in its internal letter stating that they had felt actively ignored over the past year because Apple had not reported any such employees who are doing better than ever I work from home. They went even further and claimed that some had managed to do “the best job of our lives, for the first time, unrestricted by the challenges of traveling to offices and co-located offices on a daily basis; while at the same time we can still take better care of ourselves and the people around us. “
In the letter, employees set out a series of requests and action elements for Cook and the executive management team, including a request from Apple to consider that remote and flexible location solutions are for in judgment of each team; adding a question about weaning employees due to remote work during initial interviews; and insight into the environmental impact of returning to work in Apple offices, along with constant remote and flexible work.
Apple’s position for remote work is the middle of the road among the big technology giants. Some take remote work after the pandemic, while others want people to return to the office as soon as it is safe.
Facebook recently said employees can already request for permanent work from homeand CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that he expects up to 50% of the company’s workforce to be completely remotely within the next five to 10 years. Twitter has already said its employees will be able to work from home forever if they wanted.
Google, like Apple, originally planned its employees to enter the office three days a week. Recently, however, he said he expects 60% of his employees to work on site for a few days a week and 20% to work from remote locations. The remaining 20% will work in new offices. Microsoft said most of its employees will be able to work remotely up to 50% of the time.
Meanwhile from the other after all, you have Amazon, which wants to return to “office-oriented” life as soon as it’s safe to do so. Amazon claims that employees will continue to have work-life the flexibility they had before the pandemic, The Washington Post reported.
Because the internal letter from Apple employees was sent to signatures on Friday, it was unclear whether he was still sent to Cook and the executive management team. Given the media coverage around him, there is little doubt that the announcement of employees has reached the top of Apple.
“This is not a petition, although it may look like one. This is a call: let us work together to truly welcome everyone forward, “the staff letter said.
Gizmodo contacted Apple for comment on the internal letter on Saturday, but received no response by the time of publication. We will make sure to update this blog if we receive a response.
You can read the full internal letter at on the edge.