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During the pandemic, Apple quickly adopted full-time remote working, however, it appears that this flexibility will soon end.

Starting in early September, Apple employees will return to work for a minimum of three days a week, as part of its new hybrid workspace model. The flexible setup pilot will run until 2022 and then be re-evaluated.

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CEO Tim Cook said:

โ€œFor all that weโ€™ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,โ€ย 

In this model, Apple will ask most of its employees to work in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Additionally, Apple employees will have the option of working remotely two weeks a year. However, managers will need to approve remote work requests.ย 

At a time when other tech companies like Twitter and Dropbox are going remote first, why do you think Apple is taking a conservative approach?


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    Shahul, thank you for sharing this article! If you have seen the most recent one from the verge there has been a lot of backlash to this announcement from Apple employees.ย 

    I think Apple is being more conservative because they are still a relatively older organization compared to Twitter, Dropbox, or Facebook and remote work is probably a relatively new concept to many board members who did not adjust.ย 

    In our most recent article Remote First Vs. Remote Friendly: A Pivotal Battle In Hybrid Work Models, we talk about how to conduct an organizational analysis to see how your employees feel about remote work, which processes should continue to be done remotely, and the hybrid models available to you.

    Most importantly we talk about the difference between remote-friendly and remote first and why distributed teams benefit the most from a remote-first model.

    Let me know what you think!