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Tech firms including Microsoft, Apple, and SpaceX lose senior staff over return-to-office mandates, claims study


A hot potato: We tend to think of return-to-office mandates as something that only really affects rank-and-file workers, with managers pushing for the in-person status quo. But a new study has found that many senior employees, including those at Microsoft, Apple, and SpaceX, left their positions after their companies implemented RTO rules.

Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago carried out the study by analyzing 260 million resumes from People Data Labs, looking for the impact that forced RTO policies had on workers.

A correlation was discovered between the departures of senior-level employees and the implementation of RTO mandates. Some left several months sooner than they might have without the policies, and many of them went to work for direct competitors, usually those that still allowed full-time remote work.

Microsoft's RTO order came into effect during April 2022, requiring workers to spend at least three ...


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