Global HR headlines: Normalising the work nap, US great resignation continues

The majority of Apple employees do not want to return to the office.

The lowest Australian unemployment rate since the 1970s highlights the need for skilled worker migration and US data shows that the great resignation continues unabated. Meanwhile, an Indian start-up cites Nasa and Harvard research in announcing employees’ right to a 30-minute afternoon nap and the majority of Apple employees are dissatisfied with the multinational tech company’s return-to-office rules.

Employees’ ‘right to nap’
Indian startup Wakefit has announced employees’ “right to nap” in an email.

According to TimesNow, co-founder Chaitanya Ramalingegowda said that a NASA study shows that a 26-minute catnap can enhance performance by 33 percent and a Harvard study showed how naps prevent burnout.

“We have decided to normalise afternoon naps at work and declare 2 to 2:30 pm as official nap time for all our employees. From now on, you will have the right to nap between 2 to 2:30 pm," the email said.

Australia in urgent need of skilled migration

Australia urgently needs to ramp up migration levels after the pandemic virtually stopped the influx of skilled workers that are vital to the country’s growth, according to Scott Charlton, CEO: Transurban Group.

To deliver large projects, including the 2032 Brisbane Olympics, “We need development skills, we need construction skills and we need to increase that skilled migration,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

Australian businesses are facing an acute labour crunch in a red-hot economy, with the jobless rate expected to fall below four percent for the first time since the early 1970s.

The US great resignation continues

US business saw record levels of job openings and workers quitting in March, pointing to intensifying labour-market tightness.

According to the Labour Department’s Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey, the number of available positions increased to 11.5 million in the month from 11.3 million in February.

Businesses are also still struggling to recruit qualified workers, which has put upward pressure on wages and led to a surge in job openings, reports Fortune.

Apple employees baulk at return-to-office rules

Seventy-six percent of Apple workers are dissatisfied with Apple’s recently implemented return-to-office policy.

The survey, conducted by anonymous social network Blind, found that Apple may be having a tough time with its hybrid work plan, introduced less than a month ago, that requires corporate workers to be in the office once a week. Under the policy, in-office attendance is set to increase later in May, when workers are expected to be in the office three days weekly.

Up until mid-April, many Apple employees had been working entirely from home for two years. Now, accustomed to no commute, they’re baulking at having to return to the office and say they will seek jobs at other tech companies that offer more flexible work arrangements, reports Fortune.