Apple has reportedly implemented a new attendance policy for its employees, requiring them to come into the office at least three days a week or face escalating warnings. The company will monitor attendance through badge records to ensure compliance. Failure to comply may cause contract termination for some employees, though this does not appear to be a company-wide policy.
I announced the new policy in August which requires corporate employees to work three days a week, with specific days being Tuesdays, Thursdays, and a third regular day selected by team leaders. However, a group of employees called “Apple Together” launched a petition asking the company to allow employees to work out their arrangements with their managers.
Apple’s new policy comes amid efforts to cut costs while avoiding mass layoffs, a strategy that has been seen at other tech giants like Amazon, Google, Meta, and Microsoft. Bloomberg reports one cost-cutting measure includes removing “special sick time” for time missed because of COVID.
Similar policies have been implemented by other tech companies, such as Amazon, which called on thousands of employees to return to the office for at least three days a week starting May 1. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy believes that being in the office together most of the time strengthens the company’s culture.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk reportedly emailed Twitter employees reminding them that the “office is not optional,” stating that the San Francisco HQ had been half empty the previous day.
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Apple’s new attendance policy requires employees to come into the office at least three days a week, with consequences for those who cannot comply. The policy is part of the company’s cost-cutting measures while avoiding mass layoffs. Other tech companies have implemented similar policies such as Amazon, which believe that being in the office together strengthens the company culture.