Apple pushes back return to office plan to February

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Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees on Thursday that the company plans to return to the office by February, according to an internal email.

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Cook said employees would be asked to come one to two days a week for the first month. In March it will implement its hybrid work plan, with most workers being asked to come on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The company is also increasing the amount of time employees can work remotely for up to four weeks per year.


In June, Cook announced that employees would be asked to return to work in person three days a week in early September. The news caused significant uproar internally, with thousands of employees joining a Slack channel to discuss remote work advocacy.

that was the plan pushed to january Because of the rise of the Delta version, calm employees who were worried about returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cook said that employees whose work requires them to come to the office more often will be asked to return four to five days a week. He motivated all the employees for vaccination. So far, the company has held off on implementing the vaccine mandate.

Apple declined to comment beyond the memo.

Apple’s hybrid work plan marks a significant change for the tech giant, which has historically discouraged work from home. But it’s still more conservative than plans announced on Facebook and Twitter, which have fully embraced remote work models.

Parts of the United States are still dealing with major COVID-19 outbreaks. While the waves in the Southeast have passed, parts of New England are dealing with rising cases and hospitalizations. In early November, hospitals in Colorado had to turn some patients away because of the increase in Covid.

Cook’s full memo can be read below:


It’s hard to believe we’re already in the home stretch of 2021. As I reflect on this extraordinary year, I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish. Together, we’ve rounded up some of the best Apple products ever. We are making significant progress in our efforts to protect the environment and create a more just world. And we are touching the lives of countless people, providing them with the tools to connect, create, learn and grow.

Most notably, we have achieved all this by working remotely with many of our teams as we navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic. This experience has taught us a lot about flexible work, while also reminding us of the irreplaceable value of individual collaboration. We look forward to taking these lessons forward, and with that in mind, I want to share my current plans for returning to the office in the coming months. Know that, as we have always done, we are closely monitoring local conditions and are prepared to make the necessary adjustments to our plan.

As of today, we are targeting February 1, 2022 to begin our hybrid work pilot in several global locations where teams have not yet returned to our corporate offices. We plan to start the pilot with a phased approach, welcoming people to the office for a day or two for an initial period of four weeks. After this transitional period, we will begin a full pilot three days a week, with eligible teams in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and with the flexibility to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays. You’ll find out more about the first four-week phase as we get closer to the return date.

As I noted when we announced our Hybrid Work pilot, we have multiple teams whose work requires more individual work, and they work four or five days a week depending on these specific plans. Will come to the office Team. Those plans will depend on your role and may vary by location. If you have any questions about your schedule, please speak with your manager.

I look forward to more of our teams getting back together again. Our retail store teams have been welcoming customers and offering the personal care and service they expect from us. Some of our teams internationally have also returned to their offices and are benefiting from the ability to see each other and collaborate face-to-face. And about half of our Silicon Valley employees are coming into the office at some point each week. Based on those experiences, we have confidence in our protocol and our ability to ensure a thriving environment for all.

At the same time, we are committed to giving you more flexibility as we move forward. In addition to the option to work remotely twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays, we announced this summer that team members will be able to work remotely for up to two weeks per year with manager approval. I am pleased to report that we are increasing the time you spend working remotely to a total of four weeks per year. It provides more opportunity to travel, be closer to your loved ones, or simply change up your routine.

As we prepare to launch this new pilot, I want to reiterate that we focus first and foremost on the health and well-being of our teams and your families. We know that vaccination is the most important step we can take for our health and the health of our communities, and it is the best way to prevent the severity and spread of the virus. We will continue to closely review government guidelines and requirements regarding vaccination. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to do so if a vaccine is available to you.

We recognize that the situation with the pandemic is dynamic and are prepared to adjust our timing, approach and protocols – such as masking, distancing, vaccination requirements and other measures – based on local conditions.

We look forward to this next phase of our journey, and to make adjustments as we learn. We have all adapted a lot since the beginning of 2020 and we are deeply committed to a more resilient environment.

As we enter the holiday season, I am reflecting on my gratitude to each of you. Thank you all for your passion, your perseverance and your phenomenal work this year and always. I can’t wait to meet you soon.


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