Apple employees fear a “strict” back-to-office plan like Tesla’s

Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to try to bring workers back to the office, only to find his efforts hampered by the ongoing waves of the coronavirus. After rolling out a slow hybrid plan in April, the company delayed those efforts in May due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

That left Apple employees continuing to work from home with the option to go to the office as they liked. Not to hold back, Apple recently announced that employees are finally scheduled to return to the office three days a week starting September 5.

But some Apple workers fear the office isn’t ready for an influx of workers, according to their comments on Blind, an anonymous tech message board. Rich Chen, director of public relations at Blind, previously said that blind users are often corporate employees who work in engineering or product luck.

While Apple employees aren’t threatening to quit over the RTO mandate as outrageously as they did in the spring, they talk about growing pains and worries about tracking their attendance. (Apple did not respond to requests for comment.)

“I thought I was everything [a] “On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I can hardly hear myself thinking when everyone is having a separate conversation, phones aren’t muted getting a million messages a minute, and it doesn’t even make me start having conference rooms,” an Apple employee said on Blind.

Another Apple employee explained the cause of the problem: “Three years of expansion while offices haven’t.”

Apple went on a hiring spree in 2021, hiring top cloud talent. But the growing workforce may put the tech giant face to face with the same back-to-office dilemma that Tesla has dealt with: not having enough financial resources. After Tesla CEO Elon Musk ordered employees to return to the office this summer, workers found there were not enough desks or parking spaces for everyone who had been hired over the past two years. Some Tesla employees said the information That shaky Wi-Fi can’t even handle all workers.

A Tesla employee also commented on Blind’s post about potentially overcrowded Apple offices following its RTO policy: “Welcome to the club.”

Traffic, bad coffee and surveillance oh my gosh!

Apple workers aren’t just interested in office space beyond its small size. They are also waiting for an onslaught of employee monitoring in which their attendance is tracked in their office – unlike the way Tesla tracks how often its workers “enter” a badge.

“Recording time is coming, too,” an Apple employee predicted on Blind. “You’ll need to log in so they keep a tab. Tough times have come upon us.”

Another employee joked dryly that they were unsure if bathroom breaks would be monitored, while another was concerned about getting to an overcrowded Apple parking lot. Another Apple employee commented: “Here we come to traffic jams and long hours travel.”

Some workers said they could be tempted back into the office by free perks like drinks and corporate lunches, but others were quick to drop that. “Where do you get free salad?” One employee wrote in response. “The free coffee is also undrinkable, I get my Keurig mugs.”

Apple has free coffee and salad? I thought Tom Cook was too frugal for that,” said a second worker.

Apple has historically offered free dinners to iOS or OS X team members, as well as subsidized coffee shops that gave employees tax breaks by letting them pay for meals using a payroll deduction plan, according to from the inside. The cafes serve everything from seafood to barbecue, and the apples are apparently free. Whether the food is good is a matter of the taste buds.

Workers will have the opportunity to ask all their questions about bathroom breaks and food concessions due to their final arrival in two weeks. Press the wood for Apple that there is no more wave of coronavirus in sight.

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