Apple Employees Reportedly Petitioning Against Plan to Return to Office 3x Per Week

Apple employees are reportedly petitioning against the company’s plan to require workers to return to in-person work at the office three days a week starting next month.

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Earlier this month, Apple informed corporate employees that they must return to the office for three days a week starting early next month. The current plan will require staff to come to the office on Tuesday, Thursday, and a third day of the week that will vary by team.

According to a new report from the Financial Times, a growing number of employees at Apple are reportedly unhappy with the new plan, instead advocating for “location flexible work.” The report cites a petition formed by the group “Apple Together” that’s making its way around Apple and gaining signatures. Apple has been eager to get employees back to in-person work for some time. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has defended Apple’s eagerness to return to the office to protect the “in-person collaboration that is so essential to our culture.”

Apple Together counters that a “uniform mandate from senior leadership” fails to respect the “many compelling reasons” why some employees are “happier and more productive” working outside of traditional office arrangements.

The group is demanding that Apple allows employees to work with their “immediate manager” to decide their working arrangements, and that they should not be subject to “high-level approvals” and “complex procedures” or have to provide private information.

The petition says that Apple “should encourage, not prohibit, flexible work” where employees can “feel comfortable to ‘think different’ together.” Apple’s current plan to have employees working in-person at the office three days a week starts on September 5.

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