Many Apple employees want to be able to work from home and fear colleagues will leave if office work is required, according to an internal survey designed by employees.
Almost 90% of respondents to the survey, which was distributed in June, said they “strongly agree” with the statement that “flexible work options in terms of location are a very important question for me “. Staff members defined “flexible location” as the ability to work from home indefinitely.
According to The edge, who obtained the survey, the question on working arrangements was answered by 1,749 people. It was reportedly posted to a Slack channel created to discuss remote work.
Around 58.5% of those polled also said they feared the departure of colleagues due to inflexible work arrangements, while 36.7% said they feared having to leave the company.
Designed as a grassroots effort by Apple employees, employees sent the survey results to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple Chief People Officer Deirdre O’Brien on June 14. . They included a video with personal testimonials from 24 Apple employees.
In June, Cook announced a plan for employees to return to work in the office three days a week starting in September. Some Apple staff wrote a letter to Cook and Apple executives arguing for more flexible options.
On June 30, weeks after the letter was sent, O’Brien posted an internal video that dubbed the hybrid work model, stating that “in-person collaboration is essential” to the culture and future of Apple.
While Apple isn’t removing in-person work arrangements, it seems to be moving ahead with hybrid models. Later in 2021, the company will test a hybrid working model for retail workers that will see them perform remote customer service and technical support tasks for weeks when not working in a store.
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