From the start of the school year, Apple employees will have to return to the office three days a week

This new teleworking limitation policy will be applied from September 5th.

Mandatory two to three days in the office per week. Apple has just announced to its employees a new telework schedule, which limits the number of weekly days of remote work to two. The American press revealed it on Tuesday, relaying a memo from CEO Tim Cook sent to employees of the American tech giant.

This new policy will be implemented as of September 5 for employees of Apple’s headquarters and surrounding offices in Silicon Valley (California), before extending to the rest of employees in the United States and in the rest of the world. Specifically, employees will have to come to the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as a third day which will vary according to the teams.

This reduction in teleworking had been announced by Apple in June 2021, for implementation in September 2021. But it had finally been postponed due to the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, and had not ceased since being postponed. This project sparked waves of protest from the employees. Last May, more than 3,000 employees sent a letter to management, threatening to resign if the three-day project at the office saw the light of day. The announcement of its entry into force at the start of the school year has a good chance of reigniting discontent.

Apple, the exception of tech

In its memo sent to its employees, distributed in extenso by The VergeTim Cook believes that this new hybrid way of working “improve our ability to work flexibly, while preserving the in-person collaboration that is so central to our culture».

With its desire very early on to bring its employees back to the office, Apple has acted as an exception in tech in the United States, where most companies have generally shown themselves to be more open to telework. But just like Apple, some industry giants have come back. Like Alphabet, the parent company of Google, which now requires most of its employees to work face-to-face three days a week. Conversely, remote work is still encouraged at Meta (ex-Facebook) or at Twitter.

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