In an internal memo, Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees that he now expects them back in the office by February 1, 2022.
“As of today, we are targeting February 1, 2022 to begin our hybrid work pilot in many global locations where teams have not yet returned to our corporate offices,” the email reads. “e plan to start the pilot with a phased approach, welcoming people back to the office for one or two days a week for an initial period of four weeks. After this transitional period, we will begin the pilot in full, with eligible teams in the office three days a week, on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and with [the] flexibility to work remotely on Wednesday and Friday. You’ll receive more details about how the first four-week phase will roll out as we get closer to the return date.”
As for those nervous about returning to the office, Mr. Cook points out that Apple’s retail workforce has been “welcoming customers and offering the personal care and service they have come to expect … we are confident in our protocols and our ability to ensure a thriving environment for everyone.”
And Cook is at least making some concessions for those who want to work more from home. Apple will expand the amount of time that most employees can work remotely each year from two weeks to four. This is in addition to the option of working remotely twice a week on Wednesday and Friday.
Cook also “strongly encourages” everyone who is able to get the vaccine to do so if it’s available to them. “We know that vaccination is the most important step we can take for our own health and the health of our communities, and is the best way to prevent the severity and spread of the virus,” he says.