Apple has recently been tightening its rules on in-person work requirements, with employees being monitored via badge records to ensure they are coming to the office at least three times a week. Those who fail to comply are given “escalating warnings,” with some organizations reportedly being told that non-compliance could result in termination. However, this does not seem to be a company-wide policy.
These changes are part of a larger effort by Apple to cut expenses, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. While Apple shifted to remote work during the pandemic, it began a gradual “hybrid” return to in-person work, starting with one day per week and eventually expanding to two days per week. As of September 2022, the policy requires at least three days per week of in-person work.
Despite this, individual teams still have some autonomy in enforcing in-person work requirements. Some teams require in-person work five days a week, while others can be more lenient. However, as Apple continues to look for ways to cut costs, it appears that this autonomy may be slowly disappearing.