Apple employees claim ending work from home is 'RACIST' in latest corporate woke battle
On Friday, April 29, 2022, over 200 Apple Inc employees signed and released an open letter to the company's executive team, stating their discomfort with ending work from home (WFH). The employees accused the firm of racism over its drive for corporate workers to return to the office, claiming that the move will make the corporation “younger, whiter, [and] more male-dominated.”
CEO Tim Cook told employees that starting April 11, 2022, they will have to work from the office one day a week, then two days a week after three weeks, and three days a week after May 23, 2022. Employees can work from home for the remainder of the week, and they can work from any location for four weeks of the year. However, the employees were not okay with this because they believed the action is "racist".
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The open letter reads, “Privileges like ‘being born in the right place so you don’t have to relocate,’ or ‘being young enough to start a new life in a new city/country’ or ‘having a stay-at-home spouse who will move with you,’' adding, “And privileges like being born into a gender that society doesn’t expect the majority of care-work from, so it’s easy to disappear into an office all day, without doing your fair share of unpaid work in society. Or being rich enough to pay others to do your care-work for you.”
The signatories (employees) expect that Apple would halt the hybrid program totally, allowing employees to work from home as they like. In addition to diversity and privilege complaints, the letter cites five more reasons such as serendipity, collaboration, flexibility, commute, and a chance to prove the effectiveness of remote-work technologies.
Employees want Apple executives to exhibit more flexibility towards the conclusion of the letter. “Now we ask you, the executive team, to show some flexibility as well and let go of the rigid hybrid policies of the Hybrid Working Pilot. Stop trying to control how often you can see us in the office. Trust us, we know how each of our small contributions helps Apple succeed and what’s required to do so.” Apple's top executives have not yet issued a public response to the letter.
After the news came out, people were shocked because the claim that WFH halt is "racist" was just too much. One person on Twitter wrote, “Eventually after years of using the race card it will become saturated, overused, and lose all its value. Let them keep on playing the card…diminishing returns.”
Another wrote, “Everything is racist … are we done now ??,” while another said, “Nobody wants to go back to the office and employees will say anything to continue working from home.”
Eventually after years of using the race card it will become saturated, overused, and lose all its value.— Justin Defens (@justindefe) May 1, 2022
Let them keep on playing the card…diminishing returns.
Everything is racist … are we done now ??— Charles Bell (@Charles54912368) May 1, 2022
Nobody wants to go back to the office and employees will say anything to continue working from home— X_TonyJ_x (@tonyj_x) May 1, 2022