Apple is reportedly stand by its new hybrid policy, one which will see employees return to the office three days a week, starting in September. News of this comes shortly after employees sent an internal letter to corporate asking for full-time remote possibilities.
According to a report from The Verge, Apple senior vice president of retail and people Deirdre O’Brien recorded a video response, which was viewed by the outlet.
“We believe that in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and our future,” O’Brien said. “If we take a moment to reflect on our unbelievable product launches this past year, the products and the launch execution were built upon the base of years of work that we did when we were all together in-person.”
It would appear as though Apple employee’s request will not move forward. However, O’Brien did state that individual requests for remote work would be made “on a case-by-case basis with any new remote positions requiring executive approval.”
Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out an internal memo to employees, informing them that most will be required to work on location Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those working with in-person teams would be required to return four to five days a week. Apple’s staff responded by sending Cook and Apple leadership a letter, stating that a flexible remote work lifestyle will encourage diversity and inclusion.
“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 us feel we have to choose between either a combination of our families, our well-being, and being empowered to do our best work, or being a part of Apple,” staff wrote in the letter.