Apple does not Want to Relax its Remoteworking Rule
Earlier this month, Apple told its employees that they should return to work in the office starting in September. After several months spent in forced remoteworking, it will not be quite a return to normal: Apple will introduce the possibility of remoteworking on Wednesdays and Fridays if the type of position allows it. A hybrid organization that did not seem flexible enough to some employees, who sent a letter to Apple executives asking for more flexible arrangements, where telecommuting could become the rule and office presence the exception.
In an internal video that was available for viewing by The Verge, HR Manager Deirdre O’Brien responded to these grievances and closed the door on any further relaxation: “We believe that in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and to our future. If we take the time to reflect on our amazing product launches from the past year, the product launches and the execution of the launches were built on the years of work we have done being together, in person. ”
For Apple, switching to a hybrid model would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Group management believes that it has already made considerable efforts in this area and does not wish to go further. It will be possible for some employees to benefit from additional accommodations, but this will only be done on a case-by-case basis. Note that Apple employees, upon validation by a manager, will also be able to benefit from the possibility of working entirely remotely for up to two weeks per year.