Source - Apple employees have launched a petition against the tech giant's return to office plans, saying a recent order for many workers to return to the office at least three days a week starting in early September could negatively affect workers' wellbeing.
The petition comes after Apple chief executive Tim Cook reportedly issued a memo saying starting Sept. 5, workers in the Bay Area would be expected to report to the office three days a week. Employees will be expected to be in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as on a third day left to be determined by individual teams, according to The Verge, which published the contents of the memo online. The memo said other offices would "hear more details shortly," the report said.
Let's get this out of the way first, "wellbeing" = mental health. These employees know exactly what they're doing. They're using the ever-growing mental heath initiative in an attempt to paint Apple in a negative light that makes it seem as if they don't care about their employees. It's genius...the only problem is Apple does care about its employees. They've ranked Top 100 places to work every year since 2009, have countless industry-leading benefits, and an average salary of over $140k. All they ask? Is that you go work. I know, it's tough. The petition was shared online by Apple Together, "which identifies itself as a global solidarity union made up of workers from across the company." Here's what it said...
"Are you an office-based Apple employee? Are you less than thrilled with the RTO mandate? Sign the petition, lets stand together," the call to action, which was published overnight, said.
"For the past 2+ years, Apple’s formerly office-based employees have performed exceptional work, flexibly, both outside and inside traditional office environments," the petition states. "However, Apple leadership recently announced they require a general return to office starting the week of Sept 5 (Labor Day)."
"This uniform mandate from senior leadership does not consider the unique demands of each job role nor the diversity of individuals," the petition argues. "Those asking for more flexible arrangements have many compelling reasons and circumstances: from disabilities (visible or not); family care; safety, health, and environmental concerns; financial considerations; to just plain being happier and more productive."
Part of me understands what they're saying, but the other part of me wants to tell them to shut the fuck up. Going into work affects everyone's wellbeing. That's why it's called work. Now that COVID is over they're pivoting to mental health as a way to get out of going back. I get it, it's just embarrassing. It'd be one thing if they were working for some shit company with a terrible campus, but they're not. They're working at Apple who, by the way, just spent $5 BILLION on a new facility. Oh well. Hopefully Apple sticks to their guns and makes these people return to the office. I have a feeling they will. Now here's Tim Cook dancing to Pharrell. Enjoy...