Just two days after Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees that they would be expected to return to the office three days a week in the fall, workers expressed their opposition to the new policy in a letter addressed to Cook and obtained by The Verge.
Pre-pandemic, Apple had discouraged remote work, so it’s change in policy, allowing employees to telework two days a week constituted a relaxing of previous restrictions. Still, the new policy should go farther in allowing remote work, staff said in the letter.
The June 4 letter is aimed at expressing “concern among our colleagues” that “Apple’s remote/location-flexible work policy, and the communication around it, have already forced some of our colleagues to quit,” the new site cited it as saying.
“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 workers said in the letter.
The letter goes on to say that employees, over the past year, have often “felt not just unheard, but at times actively ignored.”
It also asked that the company allow teams to decide about work locations for employees and that it formulate a plan for disabled persons, including “location-flexible work,” among other demands.
The full text of the letter is available on The Verge website.