Although we talk a lot now about teleworking, especially after the confinement brought on by a pandemic, there is an interview with Steve Jobs from 1981 where he talks about teleworking within Apple. The leader, an innovator not only in computing, but also in other life alternatives, promoted teleworking at Apple two days a week.
He has just been reminded by Steven Sinofky, the former president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows live division from July 2009 to November 2012in its own twitter.
4/ On remote work: “Right now, several of our people are working two days a week at home, and the implications of that are pretty significant. …The ability to set your own working hours, use your home and interact with the family …cc @gassee RE: French Office pic.twitter.com/6D6ZIqQNlM
—Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi) March 19, 2023
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“Right now, several of our employees are working two days a week from home, and the implications of that are very significant,” he said. Jobs in an interview from more than 40 years agoafter the release of the IBM PC.
Above all, he valued the possibility of “set your own work hoursuse your home and interact with the family” such as being able to eat with your children in a “unique opportunity to include technology in our lifestyles”.
Steve Jobs remembered that one of the goals of people with their salary is to end up owning their own home but then, due to work, we end up spending very few hours at home.
Jobs spoke of remote work again in 1990, saying that: “we are discovering that we can electronically reorganize our companies very rapidly and that it is the only type of organization that can begin to keep pace with changing business conditions.
Steve Jobs in 1990 on working remotely:
“We’re finding we can reorganize our companies electronically very rapidly and that’s the only type of organization that can begin to keep pace with the changing business conditions.”pic.twitter.com/nChrHgvlyc
— Jon Erlichman (@JonErlichman) July 8, 2020
After the end of the pandemic restrictions, Apple has been one of the companies that has demanded a return to the offices. Apple Together, a group of Apple employees that started the #AppleToo movement, organized a protest in stores on December 24, 2021. As employees return to their offices following Apple’s April 2022 tenure, the group has written an open letter protesting the move.
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