Apple, like other firms, is facing employees resistance in bringing employees back to the office, including its "spaceship" campus which opened in 2017, seen here Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File
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Apple faces employee resistance in office return plan: report

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Apple is reportedly facing employee resistance to its hybrid plan to bring employees back to the office starting in September.

The iPhone maker, which faces a dilemma similar to other firms seeking to reopen after pandemic restrictions, has called for employees to return three days a week starting in September, according to the tech news site The Verge.

But at least 80 employees have signed a letter calling for more flexibility for employees who have been working remotely for more than a year.

"We would like to take the opportunity to communicate a growing concern among our colleagues," according to the letter cited by the news website.

"That Apple's remote/location-flexible work policy, and the communication around it, have already forced some of our colleagues to quit. Without the inclusivity that flexibility brings, many of us feel we have to choose between either a combination of our families, our well-being, and being empowered to do our best work, or being a part of Apple."

Like its tech peers and many other firms, Apple has allowed employees to work from home or remote locations since the pandemic lockdowns began last year.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft have unveiled similar hybrid schemes for workers, while some firms such as Twitter have told employees they can work remotely indefinitely.

The Apple letter said the remote system worked well and can offer employees better work-life balance, while accommodating those with special needs and reducing the risk of contagion.

"Not only do many of us already feel well-connected with our colleagues worldwide, but better-connected now than ever," the letter said.

"We've come to look forward to working as we are now, without the daily need to return to the office. It feels like there is a disconnect between how the executive team thinks about remote / location-flexible work and the lived experiences of many of Apple's employees."

Apple in 2017 opened its "spaceship" campus, one of several multibillion-dollar headquarters buildings designed for Silicon Valley giants.

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Meanwhile in Japan most of us have been cramming into the same crowded trains every morning, 5-6 days a week, since the pandemic went down.

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Well, Apple spent billions building that amazing campus. Who wouldn't want to work there? Millions would love to have their jobs and pay. It's not like they have to commute on crowded trains.

Tim Cook is asking them to return for three days a week. Not an unreasonable demand.

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The iPhone maker, which faces a dilemma similar to other firms seeking to reopen after pandemic restrictions, has called for employees to return three days a week starting in September, according to the tech news site The Verge.

Liberals and the Dems made this mess, they need to immediately stop giving up paying people to stay at home and give people an ultimatum, get your lazy butts back on the job site or you will be replaced. Giving that ultimatum will get people off their rears and in the office real quick.

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This is probably one of the causes why some companies resisted so much to let people telework temporarily, many employees have noticed they are as productive in their houses as in the office and their daily lives improved importantly, it is obviously they would resist going back for no real reason.

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Luxury of being able to do so. Plenty of lower paid workers or manual workers can't as their jobs require them to be present to clean/pack/serve/drive/build/fix or whatever else they do.

another big division in society that has been exacerbated by the Rona.

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Liberals and the Dems made this mess, they need to immediately stop giving up paying people to stay at home and give people an ultimatum, get your lazy butts back on the job site or you will be replaced. Giving that ultimatum will get people off their rears and in the office real quick.

Who was president when the enhanced unemployment benefits were implemented?

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Liberals and the Dems made this mess, they need to immediately stop giving up paying people to stay at home and give people an ultimatum, get your lazy butts back on the job site or you will be replaced. Giving that ultimatum will get people off their rears and in the office real quick.

You clearly didn’t read the article. It’s not about people refusing to work because “they make more in unemployment,” it’s about those who were able to work remotely being asked to return to the office. It’s literally in the article, but you just couldn’t resist bashing Dems/Libs.

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People would rather mess around at home than go to the office, hardly breaking news. "Working from home" = "slacking off" for 99.9% of people. The virus is just a convenient excuse for most of them.

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This is the wave of the future! You have a catered to a bunch of kids who have now grown up with pacifiers and wearing wet pants. These kids don't want to do anything, you can go to the super market and see them shopping in their pajamas. Do I need to say pajamas again. All they want to do is sit in front of a monitor, play video games and feed their faces and do nothing!!! Yes Apple built a beautiful campus but Apple is also part of the problem that created these slackers!!

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Reading the post and the comments helps to comprehend.

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I guess the employees have not figured out that Telecommuting employees really mean anyone with a computer and internet can also do your job if qualified. If your English is good you might apply

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Our employees are all still working at home. When the vaccinations have come around, we'll decide how to proceed. We already let the lease go on one of our locations though, as we will never return to full-time office. The question is how to most effectively handle returns to the office. We're considering having everyone come one day a week, although then we need a bigger office than the one we still have. Either that, or we'll have them each come in one day a week, but stagger it so they're not all there at once.

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Apple will continue to be based in Silicon Valley, where it has about 25,000 employees, including 12,000 employees in its loop-shaped headquarters. In total, including retail workers, Apple has 147,000 full-time employees.

Apple will spend $1 billion to open a 3,000-employee campus in North Carolina.

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Apple is atypical. These folks get decent wages. Many have spacious American homes. That's not the same in other countries where homes are smaller and often ill-suited to homeworking.

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This is the wave of the future! You have a catered to a bunch of kids who have now grown up with pacifiers and wearing wet pants. These kids don't want to do anything, you can go to the super market and see them shopping in their pajamas. Do I need to say pajamas again. 

You also clearly didn’t bother to read the article. Apple employees are still working. Producing the tech that you use. How do you square this with your assertion that “These kids don’t want to do anything”?

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Many companies fail to see that everyone have different preferences when it comes to work environment and providing the right environment for employees can boost productivity and relationship.

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