Apple employees tell CEO Tim Cook: ‘We demand work with flexible location’

Apple employees tell CEO Tim Cook: ‘We demand work with flexible location’

Self-styled solidarity group AppleTogether launched a petition on Monday demanding a more flexible work policy in response to the company’s return mandate.

“We demand that Apple allow each of us to work directly with our immediate manager to find out what kind of flexible working arrangement is best for each of us and for Apple,” the workers wrote. “These working arrangements should not require higher-level approvals, complex procedures, or provide private information.”

“Those who ask for more flexible arrangements have many compelling reasons and circumstances: from disabilities (visible or not); family care; safety, health and environmental concerns; financial considerations; to simply be happier and more productive,” reads the petition, which had 150 signatures as of mid-morning Monday.

Apple has asked workers to return to work on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, but last week it reduced it to Tuesdays and Thursdays after Labor Day, with a third day to be determined by teams, the Financial Times reported.

Remote work remains a priority for many workers. Approximately 30% of employees at service sector companies are working remotely an average of 3.3 days a week — nearly three times the percentage before the pandemic, according to the New York Federal Reserve’s August Business Leaders Survey. , which is sent to a group of 150 executives.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays were more popular for personal work, according to the New York Fed survey.

But there are signs that companies are hoping for a return to normal. “The rise in remote work has not led to widespread reductions in the amount of workspace used by companies in the region,” wrote authors Jaison R. Abel, Jason Bram, and Richard Deitz in the Fed report.

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Apple AAPL,
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did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Speaking at the TIME 100 symposium in New York in June, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook previously called the return to remote work “the mother of all experiments.” He said he preferred the “serendipity” of face-to-face meetings at the office.

GOOGL alphabet,
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Facebook Parent Meta META,
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and Microsoft Corp. MSFT,
-2.54%
requested that workers return to the office at least a few days a week. JPMorgan Chase JPM,
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and Goldman Sachs GS,
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are among the financial groups that have also called for the return of workers. Twitter TWTR,
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is not forcing a return to the office.

Still, being called back to the office from remote work is a luxury issue. The Labor Department says only 7.1% of employees telecommuted in July because of the pandemic.

More than a third of “knowledge” workers — who handle information — are back in the office five days a week, according to findings released in April by Future Forum, a consortium launched by Slack that aims to put a digital workplace first. place. .

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