Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook announced that employees should return to offices in early September for a minimum of 3 days a week. The iPhone maker asks employees to get back to work at the office on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and remote work will be an option for Wednesdays and Saturdays, Cook said in a memo.
Cook said, “Apple is setting consistent days in the office to help us optimize time for in-person collaboration. Some team members have to come office for 4 or 5 days.”
Citing the availability of vaccinations and decreasing covid infection rates, Apple has pushed employees to get back to work. Some Cupertino, CA-based tech major’s employees have worked from Apple offices on certain days throughout the pandemic; other thousands of employees are working from home for more than a year.
Cook said many teams in the Asia and Pacific regions have already returned to the offices and factories, and other closed retail stores will reopen this month.
Previously, Apple told staff to get back to work in June, but it pushed that timeline to September a few weeks ago.
However, employees can avail additional two weeks of remote work per year with manager approval. Cook, in his letter, called return to office as a pilot effort that will be evaluated in 2022 by the company.
Cook, in the memo, said, “As the world’s most innovative company, I believe it has a special obligation to get the right. So I am very happy about the opportunity that employees will come together in new ways and chart a new path in the future.”
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