Elon Musk mocks Apple over yet another return-to-work delay

On Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported that Apple has once again delayed a plan to require workers to come back to the office three days a week, citing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, but, many suspect, the reason reason is pressure from a relative handful of employees who do not want to return to work.

Apple Park in Cupertino, California
Apple Park in Cupertino, California

When Bloomberg News tweeted the report of yet another Apple return-to-work delay, Elon Musk,Founder, CEO and Chief Engineer of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., Founder of The Boring Company and X.com (now part of PayPal), Co-founder of Neuralink, OpenAI, and Zip2 replied with a meme of an obese, lazy, sleeping dog with the words, “Put on gym clothes, watch TV.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s so-called “leadership,” every one of whom Elon Musk runs rings around, deserves to be mocked. When you let a handful of inmates run the asylum, expect things to get crazy.

Nearly one year ago:

For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,. Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, June 2021

This is the perfect situation for Apple to cull the “B” and “C” player dreck with whom the company has become encrusted in recent years. We can think of one former Apple CEO who would take advantage of this golden opportunity to invite these wannabe layabouts to “Go pound sand.”

If Apple’s management grow any more spineless, C-suite offices will have to be converted into aquariums. Jellyfish.

Or front porches. Or cat boxes. — MacDailyNews, May 17, 2022

So, to repeat yet again, the amount of “work” that will get done on Fridays is pretty much nil. Therefore, Apple corporate employees have an implicit four-day workweek. Expect less to get done than in the pre-COVID panic days – it’s virtually guaranteed (pun intended) – until the labor market loosens and companies can once again begin requiring employees to put in a full workweek.

As we wrote last month:

Puleeze. Can the crap.

The only people who complain of having to go into the office to actually work for three whole days are, to use the scientific parlance: lazy assholes.

So, Apple’s management should collectively grow a pair and promptly extend a parting cordiality to the “Apple Together” wannabe layabouts: Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

As we wrote nearly a year ago (!):

Employees who don’t want to return to work in person should pound sand either of their own volition or via pink slip…

Returning to offices in early September is already ridiculously late.

There are literally millions of qualified, talented, driven people who would gladly work five – gasp! – whole days a week in the office for Apple.

Get back to work or get lost.

Successful companies like Apple don’t run on layabouts who’ve already enjoyed a very lengthy year-plus extended vacation and who are now ruined.

If these employees don’t quickly wake and wise up, cut them loose, Apple. Swing the axe, don’t coddle them.

• I do not adopt softness towards others because I want to make them better. — Steve Jobs

• Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. — Steve Jobs

• “A” players attract “A” players. “B” players attract “C” players. — Steve Jobs

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  1. Tim Cook is a woke joke. Always has been. It’s not surprising that he lets a handful of lazy employees walk all over him.

    Apple deserves new blood at CEO (who shuts up about his personal politics, thereby not driving away at least half of Apple’s potential customers).

  2. Gotta love Elon!

      1. There is nothing business friendly about Florida except the plentiful imported labor. The nice big wave of boomer retirees isn’t interested in working for Apple. Can’t think of any reason a major software or electronics maker would locate to the swamp.

  3. Apple needs to fire like 3/4 of it’s employees and go down to a team of only A players again. It’s become a woke tumor of employees that need to be cut out so apple can again thrive.

  4. After watching the documentary on him this week I tend to think Musk is infact the architect of the asylum, MDN’s endless blatherings in recent years on the supposed ills of society as they ( or is it just one mad individual) see it. Certainly seems to suggest they are some of that asylums most strident and delusional inmates that’s for sure. I Remember for all its occasional whinging and ranting this used to be a fundamentally insightful tech site fighting against what was then entrenched tyrants and unquestioning orthodoxy. Now it’s more like suffering self serving evangelical preacher’s lecturing those who dare stray from their very own one dimensional tyranny and often warped orthodoxy. Deeply sad, but hey I can see where this is inevitably headed the good days here or any sense of sanity are long gone.

    1. Are you sold so easily by a single documentary?

      Then again, they are made to sway simple-minded people with lopsided facts, emotional timing, and certainty in their principles. None of that crap puts a dent in my persuasion.

      As soon as they start trying to sell me something, no matter from what direction, I look at all the BS floating around like a Zune-loaded toilet, just waiting for all the shit to finally get flushed out.

      Kind of surprised you would fall for it…

    2. “MDN’s endless blatherings in recent years on the supposed ills of society as they ( or is it just one mad individual) see it.”

      The “ills of society” are neither supposed or blathering… they ARE REAL and extend worldwide. What, are you locked down in the U.K. at home and only view life through movies and music on iDevices?

      “site fighting against what was then entrenched tyrants and unquestioning orthodoxy.”

      That’s exactly what MDN continues to do with the commentary for this article —duh, hello, anyone home?

      “Now it’s more like suffering self serving evangelical preacher’s lecturing those who dare stray from their very own one dimensional tyranny and often warped orthodoxy.”

      I have relatives that are devout Evangelicals and the preacher teachings are life affirming and welcome weekly.

      Your leftist stereotypes and groaning aside, obvious you have a problem with authority and religion not only pointing out society ills, but joining the good fight to make the world a better place…

  5. For all of you ideological possessed minions out there, COVID-19 is real and cases are again on the upswing. Three of my friends, who are vaccinated, came down with infections this week.

    None of them went to the hospital, but all three said they were surprised at how miserable they were for about a week. COVID-19 is not a trivial illness.

    If a company can remain productive while employees work remotely, now is the time to do it.

    Mocking Apple for being prudent is asinine.

    1. uuuhhhh….yeah.

      How many friends do you have that DIDN’T get the vaccine but also got the Wuhan Flew?
      How sick were they? Right, of course….they died.


      1. My brother caught COVID-19 in December 2019, on a flight from Silicon Valley, before anyone knew what it was. He, his wife, and youngest son (still at home) were all very sick for 6 weeks. Thanks fully they don’t have other health issues, so none died. My brother lost his sense of taste and smell for six months and was very fatigued for another three months after that. He gave convalescent blood plasma for about three months in early 2020 to help fold in the ICU at UCLA medical center.

        I know an older couple in my neighborhood who caught COVID-19 in January 2021 before the vaccine was widely available. If not for an infusion of Regeneron both would have died.

        You are clueless and suffering from an ideological mind virus.

        1. I asked a question, PJ Boy, and know many people who got the flu, both vaccinated and non, including me.

          One thing that has been certain, there is no rhyme or reason to who gets it, the affects or length of illness.

          So preach on Mr ‘Non-ideological mind virus”.

          (and how do you know they would’ve died for certain? You DON’T!)

      1. No, it doesn’t. It was made very clear to me by my doctor during less than 15 seconds of conversation that the vaccine does NOT stop you from catching Covid, but it’s extremely likely to stop you from dying from it. Why is that so hard to understand?

    2. Covid variants have been around for hundreds of years and will never go away, same as yearly variants of the flu and the common cold. No one said it does not exist and number of cases will fluctuate up and down for years to come.

      Covid-19 was severely overhyped and WEAPONIZED by the Democrat Party and daily drumbeat media carrying their water to take down Trump, period.

      Three of my brothers and their wives, ALL unvaccinated in middle age, and a few co-workers said either they had flus much worse and a few said can’t tell Covid from a common cold.

      Covid is indeed trivial for the overwhelming millions that contracted the illness, got well and now have immunity. I don’t know anyone who died and chances are less than 1%, same as the flu. So spare us the sanctimonious media hyped crap and particularly Democrat government control directives making more out of it than exists.

      For the Apple snowflakes that ignore facts and reality demanding special treatment and can’t function like the rest of us, you deserve to be mocked for your smug selfishness DISGUISED as prudence…

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