Apple employees wrote a letter to CEO Tim Cook explaining why they don’t want to go back to the office
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, told its global workforce of 137,000 that they are expected to return to the office in early September. Employees are expected to spend approximately three days per week in the office and the other two at home or remotely.
Not everyone was happy with this decision. In an open letter to Cook, about eighty employees of Apple, according to report by the Rod, expressed their displeasure at returning to work, saying “we believe the current policy is not sufficient to meet many of our needs”. the letter noted that the workers were providing “the same quality of products and services that Apple is known for, while working almost entirely remotely.”
The future of work will see battles between companies and their employees. CEOs can claim that it’s easier to manage people if they’re all grouped together in one or more central locations. Employees have a different agenda. They want to have a work-life balance. A two hour round trip gets debilitating over time. After spending quality time with loved ones, being responsible for where and when they work, it is difficult to understand losing this autonomy.
There was concern that talent would be lost due to the requirement to return to an office. “Apple’s remote / flexible work policy and the communication surrounding it has already forced some of our colleagues to resign,” and this is forcing people “to choose between a combination of our families, our well-being and empowerment to do our best, or be part of Apple.
Employees who do not want to return to an office are part of a larger dissident movement. According to a recent survey by Morning consultation on behalf of Bloomberg News, almost 40% of respondents said they would consider quitting smoking their work if they were not offered the flexibility of remote work.
“Over the past year, we have often felt not only inaudible, but sometimes actively ignored. Messages like “we know many of you are eager to reconnect with your colleagues in person in the office,” without any message acknowledging that there are directly conflicting feelings among us being dismissive and crippling, “he said. declared the letter.
There have been a few high-profile cases of CEOs taking a bit too heavy-handed in their approach. We work CEO Sandeep Mathrani’s attempt to rally a back-to-office campaign has proven cranky and muffled. Mathrani hinted that the best, brightest and most motivated people will return to the office. The losers, however, will stay at home. “Those who are very engaged in the business want to go to the office at least two-thirds of the time” and “Those who are less engaged are very comfortable working from home,” he told The Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival. He added that “People are happier when they come to work”And“ The biggest problem is that you come to work five days a week or do you come to work three days a week? This is the biggest problem. There is no problem not arriving at a common place.
Cathay Merrill, CEO of the Washington, DC-based magazine on Washingtonian, wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post, “While some employees might want to continue to work from home and intervene only when necessary, which presents executives a tempting budget option that employees might not like. She said worryingly “If the employee is rarely around” then the office is “a strong incentive to change one’s status to” entrepreneur. ” Merrill apparently threatened that if his staff did not return to the office, they would run the risk of being demoted and losing their permanent full-time employment status. “Instead of receiving a fixed salary, contractors are only paid for the work they do, either by the hour or by output metrics, ”Merrill wrote, indicating a not-so-subtle threat to their livelihoods.
Participants in the missive claim that “there appears to be a mismatch between the way the management team views remote / flexible working and the lived experiences of many Apple employees. Dissenting employees say, “We have succeeded not despite working from home, but in large part because of the ability to work outside the office. The past year has given the impression that we have truly been able to do the best job of our lives for the first time, without being limited by the challenges that daily commutes to offices and offices co-located in person. inevitably impose; while being able to take better care of ourselves and the people around us.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen a lot of big companies release their plans. The consensus, including Microsoft and Google, has gathered around a flexible hybrid model of having employees in the office two or three days a week, similar to what Apple announced.
On the other side of the spectrum, leading investment banks Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, as well as Netflix, have asked all of their employees to return to their respective offices. McKinsey, the large management consulting firm said a survey of business leaders shows that “nine out of ten organizations will combine remote and on-site work. “Some outliers, like Spotify and Twitter, will allow their employees to work remotely ‘forever’.
Letter participants say the following “is not a petition, although it may sound like it” and “is a plea: let’s work together to truly welcome everyone forward.”
- We’re officially calling on Apple to view remote and flexible work decisions as being as empowering for a team as hiring decisions.
- We formally request a short recurring company-wide survey with a clearly structured and transparent communication / feedback process at company, organizational and team level, covering the topics listed below.
- We officially request that a question on employee churn rate due to remote working be added to exit interviews.
- We officially call for a transparent and clear action plan to welcome people with disabilities through on-site, off-site, remote, hybrid or otherwise flexible work.
- We are officially asking for an overview of the environmental impact of returning to work in person on site and how permanent flexibility at distance and location could offset that impact.
It might be bigger than Apple. Blinded, an app that provides a platform for anonymous career-related posts, surveyed employees of leading companies, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. The survey asked workers if they would rather work from home all the time rather than get a raise of $ 30,000 per year.
the investigation of the 3,000 employees of these well-respected companies, an overwhelming majority (64%), responded that they wanted to continue to stay at home, thank you very much. Only two of the 45 companies sampled, JPMorgan and Qualcomm, had a higher percentage of their staff opting for the $ 30,000 option.
According to the study’s findings, “About 64% of Amazon employees who answered the question preferred permanent work from home, along with 62% of Microsoft employees and 67% of Google employees. Apple employees would prefer to take a permanent home job over $ 30,000 was at 69%, and Salesforce employees at 76%.
To some, this may seem surprising. These companies are held in high esteem and it is extremely difficult to get into them. People aspire to work in these organizations. You would think that since they worked so hard in school and in the workforce to get those good jobs with top-notch companies with the potential to move quickly, they would gladly return to the office. According to the investigation, this is not the case.
The response from Apple employees, along with polls and public sentiment, shows a strong desire from a significant percentage of employees who are vehemently interested in continuing to work remotely.