As many major tech companies embrace the idea of hybrid working, Apple’s attempt is being met with displeasure as workers claim that getting remote work requests approved is nearly impossible.
The company’s new policy requires employees to return to the office three days each week starting in September, and some workers are saying they will quit if Apple doesn’t update its arrangement.
Apple has long turned away from remote working arrangements, with very few exceptions. However, workers are saying even those exceptions are being denied.
In June, an employee-conducted internal survey showed that 36.7% of 1,735 respondents were worried about having to leave the company if they were not offered flexibility.
That same month, employees wrote a letter to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, asking that he rethink the company’s hybrid policies. However, Deirdre O’Brien, senior vice president of retail and people, responded by stating that Apple would not be adjusting this approach.
A company Slack channel featuring 6,000 members advocating for remote work revealed around 10 people would be quitting or knew others who have been pushed to resign.