Goodfellow’s departure came around the same time a group of Apple employees wrote an open letter to company executives criticizing the policies which it claimed were “driven by fear.”

“We are not asking for everyone to be forced to work from home,” the letter reads. “We are asking to decide for ourselves, together with our teams and direct manager, what kind of arrangement works best for each one of us, be that in an office, work from home, or a hybrid approach. Stop treating us like school kids who need to be told when to be where and what homework to do.”

Workers, more than ever, are willing to ditch their companies over workplace flexibility. According to an April ADP report, nearly two-thirds (64%) of U.S. workers served said they would consider looking for a new job if they were forced to return to an office full time.


Apple did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.

It’s worth noting that Alphabet hasn’t fully embraced a remote-first office either. Google, the conglomerate’s largest workforce, moved to a hybrid workweek back in April which required employees to work from their office three days per week. That sounds pretty similar to Apple’s proposal, though previous reports suggest Google more regularly approves remote requests. As of last August, the company reportedly approved 85% of employee requests to work remotely or relocate. Gizmodo reached out to DeepMind for more details on its remote work approval process but they declined to comment.