Apple employees call for more flexibility in return-to-work plan
“We are not asking that everyone be forced to work from home,” the letter continues.
“We ask to decide for ourselves, with our teams and our direct manager, what type of work organization best suits each of us, whether in an office, working remotely or in a hybrid approach. “
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter and did not respond to an earlier request for comment on its return-to-work plans.
It sets out the specific reasons they contest the pilot, ranging from forcing workers to commute unnecessarily – “a huge waste of time as well as mental and physical resources” – to what they see as an impact inevitable on diversity. “Apple will probably always find people willing to work here, but…being in the office at least 3 fixed days of the week…will make Apple younger, whiter, more male-dominated, more neuro-normative, more capable-body, in short, it will lead to privileges in deciding who can work for Apple, not who would be best suited,” the letter adds.
According to the current employee, a committee of Apple Together employees drafted the letter in recent weeks after some staff members previously tried to raise concerns within Apple’s internal channels “to no avail.”
“There’s such a disconnect between executive leadership and individuals,” the employee said, noting that while some managers may want flexibility themselves or may understand the individual needs of their direct reports, “the higher you go in the chain, the more empathy erodes.”
“As Steve said, ‘It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.’ Here we are, the smart people you’ve hired, and we’re telling you what to do: Please get out of our way, there’s no one size fits all, let us decide how best to work, and let us do the best work of our lives.”