What you need to know
- Apple is facing staunch criticism from employees over its work-from-home policy.
- A group known as Apple Together is angry about the company's return to working in the office.
- They say it will make Apple "younger, whiter, more male-dominated, more neuro-normative, [and] more able-bodied."
A group of Apple employees has penned an angry letter to the company's executive team over its office-bound work policy that doesn't let them work remotely for more than two days a week.
The new posting from Apple Together states:
The group says that Apple's argument about "the serendipity that comes from bumping into colleagues" is false because of Apple's siloed office structure, which makes it impossible to bump into colleagues, and that the intentional communication of remote tools like Slack are much better for communication and collaboration.
The employees further state that the need for in-person collaboration is not a daily or even a weekly need, with some not even needing it every month:
The letter says that Apple's open-plan offices make it hard to do creative and excellent work because it is hard to concentrate, and says that Apple's hybrid model offers "almost no flexibility at all" to employees and states:
The letter further slams the drain on mental and physical resources that comes from commuting, and says that a fixed three day office week will "make Apple younger, whiter, more male-dominated, more neuro-normative, more able-bodied, in short, it will lead to privileges deciding who can work for Apple, not who'd be the best fit."
The group says the most important reason that the hybrid working pilot is bad, is because it sends a bad message to customers:
The same irony was not lost in a March video posted by the company touting the benefits of remote working using devices like its best iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks for remote collaboration. The film told the story of a group called 'The Underdogs' who literally escape "from their evil boss's clutches."
The letter ends by invoking the late Steve Jobs with a quote of his:
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