At its annual shareholders’ meeting on March 4, 2022, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that company’s corporate employees will return to offices by April.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple’s corporate employees have been working remotely. In mid-2021, the company announced the staff’s return with a new hybrid return to office policy but had to postpone that plan multiple times due to the resurgence of new COVID-19 variants: Delta and Omicron. Now, with a decline in COVID-19 cases, the tech giant is preparing to welcome its corporate staff back to offices.
Apple to welcome staff back in the office by April, maybe with a new testing policy for vaccinated and unvaccinated members
After the outbreak of the COVID-19 omicron variant, the tech giant postponed the scheduled return to the office for February 1, 2022, indefinitely. As per Bloomberg’s report, the company’s CEO has announced the return by April.
The Apple CEO also took questions on Apple’s environmental goals and stance on U.S. manufacturing. He reiterated plans to expand the company’s office footprint in the U.S. and move to more recycled materials in its devices.
He vowed to continue increasing the annual dividend, which began in 2012, and said that employees will return to the office by April.
Earlier it was reported that Apple has changed the testing protocol to twice a week for vaccinated and unvaccinated retail employees in the United States and it has also dropped the requirement for employees to show their test results. Maybe, the same policy will also be applied to corporate staff members.
Previously, under the company’s COVID-19 guideline, corporate employees who did not report their vaccination status had to test every day or every time they entered an office. And vaccinated staff would take rapid tests once per week.