Apple is delaying its plan to return to mandatory work in person due to the increase in COVID cases driven by the Delta variant, according to Bloomberg. The company had established a roadmap to return to its offices in early September, and employees were expected to come at least three days a week, but now that deadline has been extended “at least one month to October at the very least.” .
Apple’s return to the office was controversial among some of its employees. A group of workers from an internal Slack channel for thousands of “remote work advocates” collaborated in a letter to CEO Tim Cook and the rest of Apple’s leadership, arguing that the company should adopt a work-from-home policy. more flexible. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and people, responded to the request saying that “in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and our future.”
Apple was notoriously unsympathetic to the concept of pre-pandemic remote work, 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 options on where to work. his work. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for example, said The edge Last year, he saw that about half of the company would permanently switch to remote work in the next five to ten years. Google has said it expects 20 percent of employees to stick with remote work once their offices are open again.
Now it appears that Apple is one of the first companies to modify its plans in response to the increase in COVID cases. Employees will receive at least a month’s warning before they are expected to return to work in person, according to Bloomberg.