Apple formally communicated to employees the plans for returning to the office, after more than a year of work remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a note sent today to employees, Tim Cook pointed out that Apple expects the staff to go back to the office three days a week starting from the beginning of September. This hybrid approach will be adopted at least until the first months of 2022. In the note, Apple’s CEO wrote that most employees will be asked to enter the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Employees can work remotely if they wish, Wednesdays and Fridays. According to Cook, some teams will have to go back to work in person four or five days a week.
“For everything we were able to create while many of us worked from home, the truth is that there has been something essential that has failed in the last year: to see yourself,” wrote Tim Cook. “Videoconferencing has reduced the distance between us, of course, but there are things that simply cannot be replicated.”
Cook also announced that employees will be able to work remotely for a maximum of two weeks a year, in addition to the weekly program. It will allow employees “to be closer to the family and their loved ones, having a change in scenario, 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, simply let me say that I can’t wait to review your faces,” Tim Cook concluded. “I know I’m not the only one who lacks the buzz of activity, energy, creativity, and collaboration of our meetings in person and the sense of community that we all built.“
Apple’s approach is slightly more rigorous than what other companies will adopt Google and Facebook, which allow employees to work remotely without limits if they prefer it, at least until 2022.