What Apple wants its employees to do
Apple CEO Tim Cook news to employees in a memo: “In many locations, officials have begun lifting pandemic restrictions under the guidance of public health experts. And based on the latest data, we are optimistic that progress will continue into the spring,” Cook wrote.
- Employees will return to work in an amazing way.
- Before April 11, they will have to work at least one day a week in the office.
- That number increased to two days a week three weeks later.
- And it is set to hit three days a week by the end of May.
“While many of you have been regulars for quite some time, we are now looking forward to welcoming those of you who have switched to remote working back into our corporate office. ,” Cook said.
The company also recently resumed in-person classes at Apple stores for the first time since the pandemic first emerged.
A hybrid compromise, but is it enough?
Apple doesn’t do its best to get back to normal. Employees will be in-person on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (not much flexibility there) and will be able to work remotely for up to four weeks a year as planned.
Apple is not alone in thinking that the rapidly mutating COVID-19 threat is dwindling. Around the world, governments are reduce their focus on protection because they prioritized reviving their own economy. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 950,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 to date. World Health Organization data shows that just under 6 million deaths are reported globally.
We still don’t know what will happen next winter, but the vaccine has greatly reduced sepsis, and everyone is hopeful that the protection will be maintained.
Apple has stopped requiring unvaccinated people to get vaccinated and will not enforce the mask rule.
What are other companies doing?
Across Silicon Valley, most companies seem committed to getting back to work, but with varying degrees of flexibility. For example:
- Google wants employees back to work on April 4, with three days in the office and two days remotely.
- Microsoft opened its office on February 28, but still facilitated employees to negotiate their own work with management.
- Twitter’s offices are slated to reopen on March 15, but under a highly flexible model in which employees can work remotely forever if they so desire.
Of the four, Twitter’s approach seems to be the most flexible.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal tell the staff: “Wherever you feel most productive and creative is where you’ll work, and that includes working full-time from home.”
Apple MDM supplier Jamf has also adopted a ‘office as a service‘ approach. Salesforce describes its own employee-centric approach as “success from anywhere.”
You could argue that the jury is out on which approach will work in the future, but across every industry it is recognized that refusing to make some changes can hurt them.
Employee selection is very important
Yes more resistance to return to the office required. For many, this is simply because employees find their work/life balance improved when working remotely, including better productivity and task focus; For some of the most vulnerable or immunocompromised employees, it’s still a risk they want to avoid. Many companies realize this, which is why even though work-from-home levels are falling, they are still far ahead. What were they before the pandemic?.
The Great resignation shows that employees will vote with their feet and embrace more flexible workplaces. They want to live where they want and work the way they want, and companies are under pressure to live up to this ambition to attract the best employees. This is reflected in recruitment activities as a more and more high paying jobs will become completely remote by the end of the year.
Stripe CEO Patrick Collison recently observed that 74% of his company’s Q4 hires are outside of Silicon Valley. “I think the pace at which the global tech industry is evolving is still underappreciated and this will be a big wind for the world over the next decade,” he said. I wrote.
For employers, it’s one of the most positive aspects of the new workplace. Working remotely means they can find the best people on an international basis. It also means that the best can too looking for the best employee experience.
It remains to be seen whether Apple the approach is said to be inflexible to work remotely will provide enough of what employees want or will cause workers to seek more autonomous role outside the company.
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