What you need to know
- A CNET report says Silicon Valley's "workaholic culture" is "buckling" under the strain of coronavirus.
- It has highlighted some of the challenges companies like Apple face.
- Some Apple employees told the outlet they felt overworked and didn't have much leeway when it came to childcare.
A CNET report has highlighted Silicon Valley's work from home struggle, suggesting employees at companies like Apple are struggling to cope.
The report notes:
The report notes how nearly all of the big tech companies based in California face the prospect that schools will not reopen until the fall. Specifically, regarding Apple the report states:
Speaking about companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook, Creative Strategies' Carolina Milanesi said: "For people who have a family, you feel that you have to operate as if you don't."
In response to these challenges, the report notes that Apple has "increased communications with managers and employees" since the start of the outbreak, encouraging employees to ask for help or accommodation. Managers are also being told to "proactively help employees too", by offering flexibility, especially for parents and caregivers. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said:
A recent report suggested that despite working from home restrictions, Apple was still working on a new MacBook Prok, HomePod and more, with employees forced to work privately in their homes, keeping their work, items and documents confidential.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9