Apple’s machine learning director resigns over company’s return-to-work policy, report says

Ian Goodfellow, who has been with Apple since early 2019 according to his LinkedIn profile, wrote to his staff to break the news.

“I strongly believe that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team,” Goodfellow said, according to Schiffer.

Neither Apple nor Goodfellow immediately responded to a request for comment.

Apple began requiring its employees to return to the office at least one day a week starting April 11.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told staff in a memo reported by Bloombergthat three weeks after that date, employees would then be required to work in the office two days a week. By May 23, they will have to work in the office three times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, he said.

“In the weeks and months ahead, we have the opportunity to combine the best of what we’ve learned about working remotely with the irreplaceable benefits of in-person collaboration,” Cook said in the memo, according to Bloomberg. “It’s more important than ever that we support each other in this transition, through the challenges we face as a team and around the world.”

Like the rest of Silicon Valley, Apple closed its office in early 2020, but has been stricter about preparing for a return to the office than some of its peers. The company has since taken a strong stance against continuing remote work after the pandemic.

Since mid-2021, Apple has said it will eventually require its workforce to come in three days a week when its office opens. Soon after, 80 Apple employees sent Cook a letter pushing back the warrant.

“Without the inclusivity that flexibility brings, many of us think we have to choose between a combination of our families, our well-being, and being empowered to do our best, or being part of Apple,” reads -on in the letter.

Sherry J. Basler