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Apple employees revolt against mandatory back-to-work policy

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A group of Apple employees is pushing back against a mandate by the company requiring them to return to the office three days a week. The group, which calls itself “Apple Together,” published an open letter to executives criticizing the company’s Hybrid Work Pilot program, characterizing it as inflexible.

Among other grievances, the anonymous letter called the company’s requirement that employees spend three days in the office as showing “almost no flexibility at all.”

“Office-bound work is a technology from the last century, from the era before ubiquitous video-call-capable internet and everyone being on the same internal chat application,” the letter says. “But the future is about connecting when it makes sense, with people who have relevant input, no matter where they are based.

“Now we ask you, the executive team, to show some flexibility as well and let go of the rigid policies of the Hybrid Working Pilot. Stop trying to control how often you can see us in the office,” the group wrote. “Trust us, we know how each of our small contributions helps Apple succeed and what’s required to do so.”

In a letter that begins with employees expressing their dedication to a company they “dreamt of one day joining,” the workers said their “vision of the future of work is growing further and further apart from that of the executive team.

“We definitely see the benefits of in-person collaboration; the kind of creative process that high bandwidth communication of being in the same room, not limited by technology, enables,” the group said. “But for many of us, this is not something we need every week, often not even every month, definitely not every day. The Hybrid Working Pilot is one of the most inefficient ways to enable everyone to be in one room, should the need arise every now and then.”

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