Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, told his global workforce of 137,000 employees that they’d have to return to the office beginning early September. It’s expected that employees will spend about three days a week at the office and the other two at home or remotely.
Not everyone was happy with this decision. In an open letter to Cook, about 80 employees of Apple, according to the Verge, voiced their displeasure in being told to return to work, stating, “We feel like the current policy is not sufficient in addressing many of our needs.” The letter pointed out that workers delivered “the same quality of products and services that Apple is known for, all while working almost completely remotely.”
The future of work will see battles between companies and their employees. CEOs may contend that it is easier to manage people if they’re all herded into one or several central locations. Employees have a different agenda. They want to have a work-life balance. A two-hour, round-trip commute becomes debilitating over time. After spending quality time with loved ones, being responsible for where and when they work, it’s hard to comprehend losing this autonomy.