A group of Apple employees oppose the company’s mandate, which requires them to return to the office three days a week. The group, called Apple Together, published an open letter to the leaders criticizing the company’s Hybrid Work Pilot program, describing it as inflexible.

Among other complaints, the anonymous letter called the company’s requirement for employees to spend three days in the office showing “almost no flexibility.”

“Office work is a technology from the last century, from the era before the ubiquitous Internet, with the ability to make video calls and all be in the same internal chat application,” the letter said. “But the future is about connecting, when it makes sense, with people who have made the right contributions, no matter where they are based.

“Now we ask you, the executive team, to show some flexibility and to abandon the strict policies of Hybrid Working Pilot. “Stop trying to control how often you can see us in the office,” the group wrote. “Trust us, we know how each of our small contributions helps Apple succeed and what it takes.”

In a letter that begins with employees expressing their commitment to a company they “dream of joining one day,” workers say their vision for the future of the job is growing more and more than that of the executive team.

“We definitely see the benefits of personal collaboration; the kind of creative process that allows high-bandwidth communication to be in the same room, unrestricted by technology, ”the group said. “But for many of us, this is not something we need every week, often not even every month, definitely not every day. Hybrid pilot work is one of the most inefficient ways to allow everyone to be in the same room if the need arises from time to time.

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