Apple is delaying its mandatory in-person return-to-work plan due to increase in COVID cases driven by Delta variant, according to Bloomberg. The company had established a roadmap to return to its offices early September, with employees expected to come at least three days a week, but now that deadline has reportedly been extended “by at least a month until October at the earliest.”
Apple’s return to office has been controversial among some of its employees. A group of workers from an internal Slack channel for thousands of ‘remote work advocates’ collaborated on a letter to CEO Tim Cook and the rest of Apple’s management, arguing that the company should adopt a more flexible work-from-home policy. Deirdre O’Brien, senior vice president of retail and people at Apple, replied on demand by saying that “in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and our future”.
Apple was notoriously hostile to the concept of remote working before the pandemic, and while allowing employees to work from home two days a week is a big change for the company, other Silicon Valley giants are giving workers more money. choice in where they do their work. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for example, Told The edge Last year that he sees about half of the company shifting permanently to remote work within the next five to ten years. Google said that he expects 20% of employees to stick to remote work once his offices are open again.
It now appears that Apple is one of the first companies to change its plans in response to the increase in COVID cases. Employees will receive a warning of at least a month before they have to return to work in person, according to Bloomberg.