Apple pushes back office return date at TBD
Apple, which had previously pushed back the date it would ask employees to return to physical offices from September through October through January and February, has a new timeline: TBD.
Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, told employees in a message viewed by The New York Times on Wednesday that the company was delaying a return to a hybrid work plan “to a date yet to be determined.”
He said the decision was made due to the wave of coronavirus around the world, fueled by the contagious Omicron variant. Mr. Cook also said the company will provide an additional $ 1,000 to each employee to help furnish home offices.
The company confirmed the report but declined to comment further.
The news came just after Apple temporarily closed three retail stores in Miami, Annapolis, Maryland and Ottawa, amid a spike in positive tests and exposure among employees working at those stores.
Unlike other big tech companies like Facebook, which has allowed employees to request to work from home on a permanent basis, Apple has maintained that it wants its employees to return to the office at least part-time when it is safe. This led to a conflict with some of its employees, who fought the plan over the summer, a fight that turned into a larger activism movement within the company called AppleToo.
With its new indefinite schedule, Apple joins a growing list of other companies that have bowed to the unpredictable ebbs and flows of the pandemic by removing specific return dates.