Apple employees don’t ever want to go back to the office

They call on CEO Tim Cook to let them keep working from home.

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This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

Employees of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) are grousing about having to return to the office. 

In a letter to CEO Tim Cook, the employees say the new hybrid work policy that lets them work from home two days a week and up to two weeks a year with a manager's approval is overbearing because it doesn't take into consideration their feelings about working from an office again. They're demanding they be allowed to continue working from home if they want to.

Many companies are calling their employees back to the office as the economy reopens and more people become vaccinated against COVID-19. The Apple employees, however, aren't expressing concern about potential health and safety risks of returning; rather, they bemoan a lack of understanding about "the lived experiences of many of Apple's employees."

They say Cook's decision to end the remote work policy without first consulting them shows a disconnect between management and their workers' feelings. It also undermines the company's commitment to inclusivity and diversity, they say, because not every employee works well in the same conditions.

As a result, they have five "formal requests" for Apple:

  • Allow teams to decide for themselves whether they will work from home.
  • Regularly survey employees about certain listed issues.
  • Ask during exit interviews about employee churn due to remote work.
  • Implement an action plan to accommodate disabled employees whether they work from home, the office, or a combination.
  • Study the environmental impact of employees returning to the office versus working from home.

The employees acknowledge the pandemic forced Apple to quickly adapt to new realities, but the record quarterly earnings report it just posted shows remote working is a success.

Working from home should be the "new normal" and the tech stock's employees ought to be allowed to continue doing so, their letter to Cook said.

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

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