Amid a request by employees for Apple to reconsider its hybrid work-from-home, work-from-office plans, the tech giant has pushed the plan back until at least October, according to Bloomberg.
“The iPhone maker becomes one of the first U.S. tech giants to delay plans for a return to normality as COVID persists and cases involving a highly transmissible variant increase,” the article says. “Apple will give its employees at least a month’s warning before mandating a return to offices, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing internal policy.”
Last month, CEO Tim Cook sent out a note to employees about a “hybrid” work schedule. Employees will return to the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. And they’ll be allowed to work remotely on Wednesday and Friday. However, some Apple employees are opposing the company’s plans to require them to return to the (physical) office in September.
The Verge says some employees want a more flexible approach. An internal memo from them has this to say: We would like to take the opportunity to communicate a growing concern among our colleagues. That Apple’s remote/location-flexible work policy, and the communication around it, have already forced some of our colleagues to quit. Without the inclusivity that flexibility brings, many of us feel we have to choose between either a combination of our families, our well-being, and being empowered to do our best work, or being a part of Apple.