Apple executive resigns under pressure to stop working from home

As of May 23, workers will be required to attend the office 3 times a week

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An Apple executive has submitted his resignation after the company announced that workers will have to return to the offices at least 3 days a week as part of the end of work from home.

According to what has transpired, the protagonist of the resignation would be Ian Goodfellow, who until now served as director of Apple’s machine learning team. After announcing his decision to leave the company Goodfellow, known for his work on artificial neural networks and deep learning, told his team of his decision.

He explained that In his opinion, the most reasonable position was to maintain the current work structure. that allows employees to carry out their duties from the comfort of their homes.

“I strongly believe that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team,” said the Apple executive.

Currently the work model that has been implemented Apple requires employees to visit company offices at least once a week.. However, this will change starting next May 23 when they will be forced to go to the Apple offices on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

The new company policy also establishes that on Wednesdays and Fridays employees will be free to work either from the office or from their own homes. To this is added that they will only be able to work remotely for 4 weeks a yearwhich represents a drastic change with respect to the measures that had been taken since the covid 19 pandemic began.

The changes put Apple behind other big ctechnology companies like Meta or Google, who have decided to use a more flexible approach and allow their employees to continue working remotely.

Some sources say that this decision by Apple has caused discomfort and resignations among the company’s workers. However, Goodfellow’s departure is significant as he is the highest-ranking employee to leave Apple for reasons related to the new return-to-office policy.

The only public mention that Apple has made regarding the return to face-to-face work occurred in 2021 when its CEO, Tim Cook, expressed that video calls are not capable of replacing the contact offered by working in the office.

“For all that we have been able to achieve while many of us have been apart, the truth is that something essential has been missing in this last year: each other,” said Cook.

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