bottom line: There have been several reports of Apple employees criticizing the company’s return to in-person work policy, with some even leaving in favor of a workplace that offers more flexibility or allows them to work remotely full-time. This policy now also affects Apple’s top executives, most recently Ian Goodfellow. Jan (pictured above) led Apple’s machine learning efforts for three years and recently announced his departure due to Apple’s in-person work policy.

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Workplace culture has undergone significant changes in many organizations in the post-pandemic era, especially in technology companies. Some big names like Meta/Facebook, Slack, Twitter, and most recently Airbnb have gone completely remote. Meanwhile, tech giants like MicrosoftGoogle, Amazon and Apple have taken a hybrid approach, requiring employees to work in the office a certain number of days per week.

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The return to traditional office life continues to raise questions among employees as some companies have adopted policies to phase out full-time remote work in favor of in-person work. Apple’s hybrid work plan, which went into effect last month, is similar in nature, requiring employees to come into the office at least once a week in April and twice a week starting May 4.

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Apple Park is a sight to behold, but also empty if employees stick to remote work.

Later this month, Apple employees will be required to work in person on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Unsurprisingly, some employees were unhappy with this development, and it looks like the policy has now also caused frustration among senior executives, leading to the departure of Ian Goodfellow, Apple’s director of machine learning.

Known as the father of the approach to artificial intelligence called generative adversarial networks (GANs), Goodfellow was poached by Apple from Google in March 2019 to join the Cupertino Special Projects group. Breaking the news of his departure in an internal email, Goodfellow said he strongly believes the best policy for his team would be more flexibility.