Apple CEO Tim Cook asked employees last Wednesday to return to the office three days a week starting in September, after over a year working remotely because of the pandemic.
“For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” he said. “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”
However, Apple employees — who would still have the option of working remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays — reacted angrily, demanding a flexible approach to their work in a letter obtained by The Verge.
“We would like to take the opportunity to communicate a growing concern among our colleagues,” the letter says. “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