Some Apple employees wanted to continue to work more flexibly and remotely. They sent a new internal letter to the company’s executives. The letter collected the signatures of hundreds of employees who asked the company to reconsider its decision to let employees work in the office at least three days a week. The recipient of this internal letter is Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple’s head of human resources Deidre O’Brien and other related team members.
The employees suggested in the letter that Apple conducts a pilot agreement that allows employees to work from home full-time under certain conditions. The employees stated in the letter many times: In view of the fact that the number of the new crown epidemic has risen globally again, the effectiveness of the vaccine against the Delta variant virus has decreased, and the long-term impact of the infection has not yet been clarified. It’s too early.
The letter was posted on a Slack channel dedicated to remote work within Apple, which has a total of approximately 6,000 members. This is already the second letter from Apple employees to executives this summer, asking the company to provide employees with more flexible work options. Prior to this, Apple disregarded the demands of its employees and insisted on returning to the office to work, causing some employees to threaten to resign.
In addition to internal letters, Apple employees also launched an informal survey to understand the work preferences of other employees. Approximately 90% of respondents indicated that they would like more flexible telecommuting options.
Apple plans to require employees to return to the office starting in September of this year, and employees must work in the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. According to this schedule, employees can work from home on Wednesdays and Friday.