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Apple workers publish letter opposing a forced return to office

With Apple employees soon set to return to in-person offices, workers have published an open letter to management.


Apple, like many companies around the globe, allowed its employees to work from home during the worst days of the pandemic. Though COVID-19 is still a very real threat to society, Apple is among the companies bringing its employees back to working in offices. However, this decision is not going over smoothly with those employees. Apple workers have published an open letter to company leadership opposing the forced return to in-person offices.

Apple employees shared their letter to the Apple Together website. The letter serves as a response to Apple’s announcement that it would be implementing a “hybrid” working format, with some employees needing to return to offices. In the response, the workers refute each of the key reasons given as to why some employees should return to in-person work.

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The letter also evokes the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs with a relevant quote. “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

Earlier this week, Apple (AAPL) released its Q2 2022 earnings report, which showed that the company beat both revenue and EPS expectations. However, the company’s stock dipped significantly not too long after comments from CEO Tim Cook during the following earnings call.

With the publishing of the letter opposing a forced return to in-office work, we await to see if Apple will provide a response or change its stance. For potential updates on Apple, stick with Shacknews.

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    April 29, 2022 1:30 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Apple workers publish letter opposing a forced return to office

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      April 29, 2022 1:37 PM

      What if the workers got together and formed like say a union that could sit at the table and do some collective bargaining

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      April 29, 2022 2:17 PM

      as Steve said: “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” Here we are, the smart people that you hired, and we are telling you what to do: Please get out of our way, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, let us decide how we work best, and let us do the best work of our lives.

      hard to argue with that.

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