Apple cuts down on work from home, some employees ‘unhappy’


Cupertino-based tech giant Apple had last month announced a hybrid work model to get employees back to offices. With Covid-19 vaccination drive — especially in the US — hitting impressive numbers, companies like Apple want employees to come to office. A report by The Verge says that Apple has been rejecting work from home requests for a lot of employees.


Apple’s hybrid work model: What it means for employees

Apple CEO Tim Cook had written a memo to employees saying that most of them will have to come in to offices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting September. They would be given the option of working remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be teams that would need to come to offices for four to five days of the week as well.
The company also has given the employees a chance to work remotely for two weeks a year but that depends on the managers’ approvals.

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Why are employees unhappy now

The report by The Verge cites a Slack channel where Apple employees push for remote work. About 10 employees said that they were quitting the company because of Apple’s hybrid work model. Some also said that other employees had been forced to quit over the issue. The report says that the Slack channel has more than 6,000 members.
Employees, as per the report, have been talking about getting Apple’s attention on the matter. In June, employees conducted an internal survey and more tan 35% weren’t comfortable with Apple’s hybrid work model. The report says that some employees are suggesting to write another letter to voice their concerns. Some of them reportedly are also talking about considering their legal options on the matter. Apple hasn’t commented on the matter so far. Several other tech companies like Facebook, Twitter have given their employees the option to work from home permanently.

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