Apple has formally notified employees of its plans to return to the office after more than a year of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a note sent today to employees, Tim Cook pointed out that Apple expects staff to return to the office three days a week starting from the beginning of September. This hybrid approach will be adopted at least until early 2022. In the note, the Apple CEO wrote that most employees will be asked to enter the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Employees will be able to work remotely if they wish on Wednesdays and Fridays. According to Cook, some teams will have to return to work in person four or five days a week.
“For all we have been able to create while many of us worked from home, the truth is that there has been something essential that has been missing in the last year: seeing each other in person.“Wrote Tim Cook. “Videoconferencing has narrowed the distance between us, sure, but there are things that simply can’t be replicated“.
Cook also announced that employees will be able to work remotely for up to two weeks per year, in addition to the weekly program. This will allow employees “to be closer to family and loved ones, to have a change of scenery, to manage unexpected trips or for any other reason“. This hybrid approach is considered a pilot program that will be re-evaluated in 2022.
“For now, let me just say that I can’t wait to see your faces again“Concluded Tim Cook. “I know I’m not the only one who lacks the buzz of activity, the energy, the creativity and collaboration of our in-person meetings and the sense of community we have all built.or”.
Apple’s approach is slightly stricter than what other companies like Google and Facebook will adopt, which allow employees to work remotely without limits if they prefer, at least until 2022.