The leading tech giants, across the U.S, like Microsft and Apple Inc, have taken the unionization of their employees with a pinch of salt. Over the last few years, tech giants and other startups have been subjected to an outpour of complaints from their employees. Be it the working schedule or payroll, employees have lashed these tech companies and now, this outcry has become more organized than ever before. Employees have made different unions and organizations to address their grievances. However, this unionization has either paid off or badly backfired on the employees.
In response to the unionization, some tech startups and companies have fired their employees. Perhaps one of the best examples is Microsoft. Addressing the unionization of its employees, Microsft recently made ‘drastic changes’ to its strategies. The tech giant introduced new rules for their employees, ensuring that none of Microsft employees are allowed to be a part of a union. Similarly, Starbuck – the giant coffee maker – also laid off their employees in response to the unionization. Thus, it is essential to keep in mind that along with the employee benefits of unionization, there have been certain aggressive drawbacks of it as well. Of course, it has directly affected the employees.
Nevertheless, a recent statement from Apple Inc shows that the unionization of Apple’s employees is finally paying off. While the employees of Apple were mourning the ‘unjust’ strategies of Apple, the tech giant has finally listened to the voices of its employees. Thereby, it aims at addressing those grievances of the employees.
With that said, Apple has made the working hours and other work strategies more employee-friendly. Apple’s employees will be happier with the flexible working schedule than ever before, if applied.
Here is the detail of the recent statement of Apple Inc:
What is Changed in the New Apple Initiative?
- All Apple employees will work for 12 hours. If they want to make it over time, they are good to do that. And that will be on top of the normal payroll of the employees.
- Apple employees can work past 8 PM for a maximum of 3 days a week. If an Apple employee does not want to work past 8 PM, they will not be fined. Unless it is an exception – like the scarcity of staff – Apple employees are not restricted to working overtime.
- A complete week off will be granted to the full-time employees of Apple after every six months. However, it does not apply to part-time employees. Similarly, employees who are in their probation periods are also not eligible for take-offs between the period of six months.
- No Apple employee will work for more than five days in a row. In other words, Saturdays and Sundays will be off for all employees. However, the managers can schedule shifting of the employees if they want to operate on weekends. But they will have to ensure that an employee is not destined to work for more than five days in a row. Needless to say, there could be an exception if an employee is willing to work for more than five days a week.