You don’t have to follow the ins and outs of Apple’s HR situation too closely to know that team members are less than thrilled at the idea of being told to work from the office at least three days a week. This after having spent a year working from home five days a week. Apple is holding firm, despite internal concerns that people might leave the company instead of going to the office. But the situation is worse than that. It can also be difficult to hire people to replace them.
Apple has long been one of the companies that like to have people on site. He built Apple Park for those people and it is the ideal place to be. The fact that people calm It seems that preferring to work from home says a lot, although it is always important to remember that Apple has people working all over the world, not just at their headquarters that looks like a spaceship. Yet it is Apple Park that is causing most of Apple’s pushback in the office.
The problems Apple faces are obvious, at least to most of us. The Apple Park area is hip and indeed the surrounding areas are expensive. It’s that high cost of living that has already led some people to suggest that they are struggling to meet the commitments they have, and that is what a decent salary from Apple is presumably with. As a Twitter user also notedForcing people to work at Apple Park and live near it isn’t really helping your inclusiveness claims if it means a ton of people just can’t afford to apply for jobs there.
Apple will point out the way it has always worked, saying that it needs people in offices and engineers at desks to do the work it does. And that used to be true, but not anymore. Apple has launched several products in the last year, all while people were working from home. There were problems? I am absolutely sure that there were, but I am equally sure that they were surpassed. We wouldn’t have had two WWDCs, Apple Silicon, and all the new hardware and software announcements if they weren’t. Apple can’t say that working from home no longer works; It is proven that it can and does. This fall will see how it will release the best iPhone ever made, after all.
There is already so much competition for the best engineers that Apple cannot afford to limit its recruiting pool in this way. Other tech companies already offer completely remote work. If you are one of those who wants to work from home, where will you go? Apple’s luxurious offices are only an attraction if want work in an office first. Now that so many people have tried remote work for the first time in their careers, how many does that cover?
This is not to say that Apple is doomed, of course. It is still Apple and it will attract great people, be they engineers, writers, designers or any other vocation you can think of. But will you have the best option? Will you be able to select the best of the best and the brightest of the brilliant? Possibly not, and realistically that’s a bad place to be when you’re trying to change the world. Again.