Tim Cook is asked by Apple employees to support those who want to continue working remote

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks onstage during a product launch event at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 10, 2019.
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techno.rentetan.com – An internal letter has now been written from a group of Apple employees to CEO Tim Cook and the management team to help staff who would like to continue working on a remote or location-flexible basis. The staff said that many of them were successful outside of the office and urged Apple to understand that there is no one-size-fit policy for people.

Two days after Cook informed its employees that it was requested three days a week beginning in September to come to the office, the internal letter sent to Apple staff for signature on Friday was circulated. Employees stated, in the letter, that while sure Apple had more plans than what it had already announced, it was not sufficient to address many of its needs in accordance with the existing remote and location-flexible working policy.

In a “remote work adviser” slack channel with about 2,800 members, the Verge reported that the internal letter had been started. About 80 people participated in the drafting of the letter.

Notably, staff said that Apple already had some workers forced to quit the current policy and communication around it.

“For many of us, without the inclusive nature that flexibility brings, we have to choose between being able to do our best or being an integral part of Apple,” says the letter “without the inclusion of our families, our wellness” (emphasis the employees). “None of us makes this decision lightly and many would like to make a decision that many would not have to.”

Cook said Apple would ask most of the employees to go into the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in her message to the employer earlier this week. Workers would be allowed to work on Wednesdays and Fridays, but some teams would have to come four to five days a week in the office. However, employees could work remotely for up to two weeks per year, but would have to request the approval of their manager.

‘While many of us were separated, all we could do is realize that something essential was missing from last year: one another,’ said Cook in an email. “To be sure, video conferencing has narrowed our distance, but things simply cannot be repeated.”

Employees have blasted messages like these in their internal correspondence, although not in particular this message, stating that they have been actively disregarded over the last year, because Apple has not communicated that some staff have better work at home than ever. They went further and claimed that some people were able “for the first time to carry out the best work in our lives unrestricted by the challenges that are inevitably imposed on ourselves and the people who live together in offices every day.”

This letter provides employees with a range of requests and action items for Cook and the Executive Management Teams, including requesting that Apple considers remote and locational flexible work decisions at the discretion of each team. Adding questions about the churning of employees because they work remotely in exit interviews.

Apple’s position on remote work is the centerpiece of big tech giants. Some of them work remotely after the pandemic, while others want to get people back to work as soon as they are secure.

Recently, Facebook said employees can ask to work permanently from their home countries and company CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that he expects 50% of the company’s workforce to be completely remote within the next five to ten years. Twitter has already said that its staff can work forever from home if they want to.

Google planned to bring its employees to the office three days a week, like Apple. Recently, however, it says it expects 60% of its staff to work in the area for a couple of days a week and 20% to work in remote sites. The remaining 20% will work at new offices. Microsoft said most of its employees can work up to 50 percent of the time remotely.

Meanwhile, you have Amazon on the other side, who wishes to return to a “office-centered” life when it’s safe to do that. The Washington Post reports that Amazon maintains that employees will remain flexible in work before the pandemic.

Since the internal letter to Apple employees was issued on Friday for signatures, it is not clear whether Cook and its management team had yet been sent. However, in view of the media coverage, there is little doubt that the message from the employees has reached Apple’s top levels.

“This is not a petition, but it might look like it. Let us work together to welcome everyone,” stated the staff in the letter. This is a plea.

Gizmodo approached Apple on Saturday for comment on its internal letter, but received no answer before it was published. If we hear back, we are going to make sure we update this blog.