With its employees in open revolt about Apple requiring them to return to the office, Apple has delayed the milestone by one month. But not because of the complaints.
Instead, the reason is the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the United States and elsewhere thanks to the unvaccinated. That’s according to a report in Bloomberg, which notes that Apple has tentatively delayed its forced return to the office by one month, to October.
Additionally, Apple told employees that it would give them at least one month’s notice before forcing them to return to the office.
In June, Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees that he expected them to return to the office for at least three days each week starting in September after a year and a half of pandemic-forced remote work. This has proven unpopular with many employees, who have been unusually vocal about their dissent, but Mr. Cook argues that Apple’s product development requires in-person meetings and gatherings to be successful.
As for the lingering pandemic, Bloomberg notes that while the United States is mostly acting as if it’s over, COVID-19 still kills Americans faster than guns, car crashes, and influenza combined. And while we did experience a 10-week decline in cases, with new variants hitting the vaccine-hesitant, cases are once again on the rise.