Apple shows how to work from home to stay here

With a salary starting in the $ 300,000 range, some employees of FAANG companies (aka Facebook (now Meta), Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google (now Alphabet)) have better lives.

Of course, they all have problems.

Amazon is a workaholic’s paradise or hell. Google has no work-life balance; There is only Google. Netflix stock options “were” great; Facebook is a religion.

But at Apple, most people like where they work. Or they did.

When Apple announced that all employees would have to go to the office three days a week, starting May 23, Fan was talking nonsense.

Some workers wrote a letter to Apple executives, saying Apple’s new hybrid working pilot “does not recognize flexible work and is driven only by fear. Fear of the future of work, fear of employee autonomy, fear of losing control.”

For Apple employees, it’s like taking the Bastille by storm. Apple employees do not complain. And, if they do, they will not do so in public.

So it says that no one’s name has been publicly attached to Apple’s protest letter released earlier this month. Apple employees are well aware of the truth of the Japanese proverb, “The nail that comes out becomes a hammer.”

Still, despite their fabulous salaries and benefits, some were enough.

The letter alleges that Apple’s management claims that “the cruelty that comes with being pushed by colleagues while everyone else is in the same place” is nonsense. Not everyone works outside of Apple Spaceship. “We don’t just have an office. We have a lot. That quiet structure is part of our culture. It doesn’t take luck to cross the silos of communication and create cross-functional connections that are important to Apple’s work. It takes deliberation.”

And guess what? Employees who seem to be more up-to-date with modern technology than Apple’s Brass feel that the opportunity has been underestimated by Meeting Slack, which “has made it a lot easier in the last two years.”

Even there, Apple’s 1984 Big Brother management (oh, embarrassment!) Has an impact. “Still, you want to keep us all in separate slid slack workspaces and try to keep us from talking to each other so that software engineers don’t accidentally talk to AppleCare employees, and retail employees don’t accidentally meet hardware engineers that year, you even shared It also makes it impossible to create community spaces where bullying can happen online and remotely. “

Saturday, a Verge reporter Ian Goodfellow tweeted about his upcoming departureApple’s Director of Machine Learning (ML), who explained, “I firmly believe that more flexibility will be the best policy for my team.” He was probably the most quoted ML expert in the company.

Great job, Apple.

A technician who doesn’t know Apple well asked when Apple moved from “Think Different” to “Zero Autonomy”.

But Apple has never been about “think differently” except at the very top.

Steve Jobs, Johnny Ive and Tim Cook may think differently. The rest of the rank and file must follow their lead. That was true when I first met Jobs in the 1980’s, and it’s true today under Cook in the 20’s.

The staff mentioned many benefits of working from home.

They conclude, “Office-bound work is a technology of the last century, the ubiquitous video-call-enabled Internet of Things era and everyone stays in the same internal chat application. But the future is to connect with people. Those who have relevant input, wherever they are. Why not? “

They further note that Cook said, “Apple has made promises to its customers [during the pandemic] Regardless of the situation. It’s true; We have kept our promise and will continue to do so. We were incredibly flexible and resilient and found new ways to work even though we couldn’t go to the office. “

Now, they want Apple execs to “show some flexibility and abandon the strict policies of the hybrid working pilot.”

“Please get out of our way; there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Let’s decide how we do the best we can and let the best work of our lives be done.”

While Apple employees are not threatening to resign, they are challenging management. And what if Apple doesn’t cooperate? Well, a survey of 652 Apple employees from April 13 to April 19 via the anonymous social network Blind found that 56% of those surveyed said they would leave Apple because of office requirements.

It’s not just Apple’s engineering and product teams.

Apple Store employees, who must work on the site, are uniting. Apple’s response? It hired the union-busting law firm, Littleler Mendelson.

Now, in this column, I usually focus on small to medium sized business, not FAANG, so why am I bringing this up?

Simple, if Apple employees, with their great benefits and best pay, are so outraged that many publicly condemn the management and plan to leave, how loyal do you think your people would be if you demanded a return to them? Office?

I think they will be history. And that means you will face the horror of trying to hire new employees. It would be wiser to embrace working from home for good. You need to make your employees happy.

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