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Apple is cracking down on its in-person work requirements as it closely monitors attendance via badge records. The tech giant is now giving its employees “escalating warnings” if they fail to come to the office at least three times per week. While some organizations within Apple are telling their employees that failure to comply could result in termination, it is not a company-wide policy.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman previously reported on Apple’s cost-cutting measures, which include being more strict on enforcing in-person work requirements. Like most companies, Apple shifted to remote work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it began a transitional “hybrid” return to in-person work almost a year ago. Apple’s policy started with requiring in-person work one day per week, gradually expanding to two days per week, and as of September 2022, it requires in-person work at least three days per week.
In January 2023, Apple adjusted its policy for COVID-19 testing, dropping the requirement for employees to be tested before working in person. Despite individual Apple teams having some autonomy in enforcing in-person work requirements, certain teams might require in-person work five days per week, while others can be more lenient in requiring in-person work three days per week.
However, individual teams may be losing their flexibility as Apple looks for ways to cut costs, including firing.
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Apple’s new policy could be a significant change for its employees, particularly for those who have become accustomed to working from home. While it is unclear how strictly Apple will enforce its in-person work requirements, the company’s recent cost-cutting measures suggest that it is looking for ways to reduce its expenses. It remains to be seen how this policy will affect Apple’s productivity and employee satisfaction in the long run.