Throughout the pandemic, many workers have said they’d quit if employers forced them back to the office. In March, Robert Half, a global recruiting firm, released a survey that revealed 50% of US workers would rather resign than be forced back to the office full-time.
But in early May, one high-profile worker put his money where his mouth is: Apple’s director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, resigned over the Silicon Valley giant’s return-to-office policy. The company had started bringing back workers one day per week starting 11 April, then two days 2 May, with a ramp-up to three required days starting 23 May. The high-ranking Goodfellow wasn’t on board with the plan – so he walked. (Apple has not responded to BBC Worklife’s request for comment; it also has yet to comment publicly on the reports of Goodfellow’s resignation.)
Perhaps Goodfellow’s exit wasn’t surprising – at least not among Apple’s workforce. A recent survey of more than 650 Apple employees on third-party anonymous polling site Blind revealed 76% of respondents were dissatisfied with the company’s return-to-office plans; 56% said they’d consider resigning over it.
But outside the company, some experts aren’t shocked, either.