Apple employees are preparing a petition against the company’s plan to return to work for at least three days a week starting next month.
A few days ago, Apple informed its employees of the company that from September 5 they will have to return to the office three days a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and a third day which will vary according to the teams.
As the Financial Times reports, a growing number of Apple employees are reportedly unhappy with the new plan and want to demand more flexible work based on location. The report also cites a petition formed by the group “Apple Together” which has more and more participants and signatures.
On the other hand, Tim Cook has repeatedly reiterated his desire to bring employees back to the office, because “personal collaboration is essential for our corporate culture”.
Apple Together argues that a one-size-fits-all mandate from management fails to respect why some employees are happier and more productive when working outside of the traditional office.
The group is asking Apple to allow employees to speak with their supervisor to decide how to work without needing senior management approval, activating complex procedures or providing private information.
The petition says Apple should encourage, not ban, flexible working where employees can feel comfortable thinking together and differently.