Since September this year, Apple has been delaying its employees’ return to the office because of the resurgence in COVID-19 positive cases. However, extensive COVID-19 vaccination drives around the world have facilitated the gradual return to the pre-COVID-19 lifestyle, and Apple is also ready to welcome its corporate employees back to the office in 2022.
According to the company’s internal memo by CEO Tim Cook obtained by The Information, the new month for the return to office is February instead of January in 2022.
Apple relaxes its remote work policy slightly as it plans employees’ return to the office in February 2022
In October this year, it was reported that the Cupertino tech giant has delayed the return to office plan to January due to the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus. But now, the company has pushed that February with the relaxation to work remotely for up to four weeks, annually. As per the report
Apple will let employees work for up to four weeks remotely each year as the iPhone giant prepares for the company to gradually return to offices in 2022, according to a memo sent to staff on Thursday by CEO Tim Cook. Apple wants staff to return to offices on Feb. 1 to begin a “hybrid work pilot”, under which employees will work out of the office for one or two days each week.
In June, when Mr.Cook announced the return to offices with two days of remote work and three days of work from the office in a week, the company received a lot of push back from the employees. They demanded a flexible remote work policy which was denied at that time. Now in addition to the same weekly work schedule, the company is also allowing a monthly remote work option.
It was also reported that unvaccinated staff and employees who do not wish to report their vaccination status will be tested daily and vaccinated staff will be tested once per week.