There are growing murmurs of unionizing among Apple’s retail employees, with some dissatisfied with their current workplace experience.
Reports claim that Apple workers are looking to set up unions due to weak workplace practices, and while the extent of this movement is uncertain, employees are reportedly using Android devices to organize for fear of being surveilled during this time.
While these reports are still unconfirmed, the message is clear: workers are unsatisfied with post-pandemic policies.
Workers want better remote working arrangements and improved wages, which have remained stagnant despite the company hitting record-high revenue.
However, that’s not to say Apple has completely neglected demand for new practices. The company announced that workers would receive twice the number of sick days, more annual paid time off, and paid parental leave, while part-time workers would receive paid vacation time and parental leave.
Still, concerns over remote working arrangements have lingered within the company, a sentiment that has plagued many large companies in this transition to a post-pandemic workplace.
Employees want to continue having the freedom to work from where they want, fully knowing their productivity is not impacted. Despite this, executives are engrossed by the desire for in-person collaboration and connection.
Initially, Apple offered a policy that would see workers come into the office three days a week and work from home for the other two days. But this was met with backlash from employees which led the company to incorporate a policy that would allow employees to work remotely four weeks out of each year.
But this is still not enough.
For companies concerned about implementing the best workplace strategies, leaders seem increasingly averse to remote working despite increased profits and growing demand for this arrangement.