The boss spoke (again): Apple employees will return to the office on February 1, 2022.
In an internal letter emailed to employees on Thursday, CEO Tim Cook said the company would begin its “hybrid work pilot” on that date. As part of the hybrid work pilot, workers would gradually return to the office over the course of one month, starting one or two days a week. In March, this schedule would increase to personal work three days a week – especially Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – and remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cook’s letter was the first to report information.
However, this policy will not apply to all employees, but only to “eligible teams”. according to Bloomberg. Some teams will have to go to the office four or five days a week.
“A number of teams have a greater need to work in person,” Cook said in a letter.
The CEO said many of Apple’s international offices have already returned to the office and that half of its Silicon Valley employees are coming weekly on certain days.
In particular, Cook announced that employees would be allowed to work remotely for four weeks a year, an increase from the two weeks he originally started back in June, in addition to two days a week. Then a group of employees wrote internal letter Cook and executives asking them to support employees who want to continue working remotely. Apple essentially denied that request, announced Verge, and said that decisions on teleworking will be made on a case – by – case basis.
Apple and Cook have long emphasized the importance of personal work. In fact, the company’s management pointed out that the products and services developed by Apple are result from personal cooperation.
“With everything we’ve managed to achieve while many of us have been separated, it’s true that something important has been missing in the past year: each other,” Cook said in June. “Video conferencing has, of course, narrowed the gap between us, but there are things I just can’t repeat.”
Yet, since we are still living in a pandemic, Apple’s plans are not rooted. In this memorandum, Cook reaffirmed that employee health is a top priority for the company and that Apple could delay returning to the office or make other changes regarding masks and social distancing requirements. Apple has changed its return date to the office several times in the last few months.
Although Cook encouraged employees to get vaccinated, he did not require them to do so, Bloomberg noted.
Gizmodo contacted Apple on Thursday for comment and additional details about its new return to office plans, but did not receive a response by the time it was released. We will make sure to update this blog if we respond.
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