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- Alban Martin
A new tweet from Elon Musk pokes fun at Apple following the company’s announcement of a further postponement of the three-day on-site implementation as part of the end of total telecommuting. And, once again, whoever is in the process of taking over Twitter has not been there with the back of the spoon.
A return to Apple Park postponed many times
Most Apple employees were originally scheduled to return to the office in September 2021, after more than a year working remotely due to the pandemic. The hybrid approach called for engineers to return to the office at least three days a week.
This switch was postponed several times, before Apple finally imposed a two-day-a-week policy starting last month, with a move to three days starting May 23.
However, just a week before the policy took effect, Apple announced another postponement – the sixth.
Apple is once again pausing its return to in-person plans due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The company originally said employees would be required to work in person three days a week from next week, May 23, but is now postponing that requirement.
The company has also not set a new date for the entry into force of this obligation. Employees, however, are still expected to work two days a week in person.
Elon Musk mocks Apple
When Bloomberg tweeted the news of the delay, Elon Musk responded with a meme that read:
Put on sports clothes, watch television.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022
A strange answer when numerous studies have proven that, for many, remote work boosts productivity and reduces burnout.
When employees have access to flexible options, distributed teams, and/or the ability to work from home, job burnout decreases by more than a quarter (26%).
Overall, compared to those without access to telecommuting, access to telecommuting increases employee well-being, productivity, innovation and inclusion. It increases innovation by 63%, workplace engagement by 75%, organizational engagement by 68%, and 93% of employees are more likely to report feeling included.
Twitter employees worried about their future boss
Fortune notes that Twitter employees have expressed concerns about Musk’s attitude towards work-life balance in general, and working from home in particular.
Musk praised China’s work culture, praising Chinese workers for “burning the midnight oil” and noting that “they don’t even leave the factory…whereas in America the people are just trying to avoid going to work.” Of course, this must be taken in the second degree, the employees of the whimsical boss of Tesla and SpaceX do not seem to be more mistreated than elsewhere.
It remains to be seen whether an agreement will be reached for the takeover of the social network from the blue bird …