Apple Has a New Return-to-Office Schedule

Posted on March 4, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Apple with 19 Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees that they will need to spend at least one day each week in the office by April 11. And it will extend that time to three days per week by May 23.

“For many of you, I know that returning to the office represents a long-awaited milestone and a positive sign that we can engage more fully with the colleagues who play such an important role in our lives,” Cook wrote in the email. “For others, it may also be an unsettling change.”

“In the coming weeks and months, we have an opportunity to combine the best of what we have learned about working remotely with the irreplaceable benefits of in-person collaboration,” the message continues. “It is as important as ever that we support each other through this transition, through the challenges we face as a team and around the world.”

Like many companies, Apple had scheduled several return-to-office dates in the past but was thwarted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused by the unvaccinated. With the new schedule, employees will need to work from the office at least one day per week by April 11. And then at least two days per week by May 2. And three days per week by May 23.

Additionally, Apple’s employees will get an additional month of work from home time this year as part of a pilot program that could transition into a permanent perk. s

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19 responses to “Apple Has a New Return-to-Office Schedule”

  1. jgraebner

    It should be "Return to Office", not "Return to Work". I'm pretty sure the employees involved never stopped working.

    • darkgrayknight

      There is an attitude that people need to be in the office to really be working and Apple is apparently pushing toward more in office time as soon as they can.

      As a software developer, remote work is perfectly fine for me and I have been more productive than being in the office--which has usually been an open office, with enough people moving around that I get distracted and can't stay focused long enough to really get in the coding groove. I'm staying remote going forward.

      • fishnet37222

        I'm a software developer as well, but I find myself more productive in an office setting than I do at home. I don't have access to own personal computer in the office, so I'm less tempted to do non-work stuff.

    • Paul Thurrott

      You're correct. I've changed it.

  2. Donte

    "ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused by the unvaccinated"

    That comment only serves to continually divide people. It also the reason my name will never have "Premium" next to it.

    It is not backed by any science and even those that championed such believes are changing their tune almost on a daily basis. This thing is over. We just had a retirement home full of people, completely un-masked, that we call the "state of the union" show us that it is over.

  3. bluvg

    It's all relative, isn't it. Texas would be shockingly liberal compared to Afghanistan. Where Paul lives is probably moderate or conservative compared to Europe.

  4. luthair

    The vaccinated aren't the ones clogging up hospitals preventing people from getting care.

    • prjman

      Hospitals are not overrun. No one is being denied care.

      Both the unvaccinated catch and spread COVID.

      COVIDians and their politicians have, however, destroyed thousands of small businesses and damaged an entire generation of children because of their irrational fear of the illness. History will not be kind to them.

    • reservoirmike

      “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." - Mark Twain

    • retcable

      Bingo. Vaccinations help prevent serious disease, help prevent you from having to be hospitalized, and help prevent death. And as long as there is no effective treatment or cure for this disease, vaccination to help prevent serious disease, hospitalization, and death, is our best, and currently, only, option.

      • xapache

        Sigh. There are effective treatments that were blocked from being used. You know the one the MSM deemed "horse dewormer". This drug that has been on the market for decades and has proven itself to be extremely effective and safe to use in humans and is actually available over the counter in many countries. It goes against the profit machine of the major pharma companies. Whole other debate on why the US pulled ivermectin from shelves - because it isn't because it is unsafe.

        Like some other commenters from above, the pandemic is over and in the state of Florida, where I live, we've been living normal lives for well over a year now. Guess what the hospitals didn't fill up and spill over into the streets, not once. Europe has ended the pandemic, officially saying they are in the endemic phase. It is a disease that we must all live with. Stop blaming others for something that never was true - at least in my state.

        • bluvg

          There's a bit of FUD on both sides on that. The "horse de-wormer" label is misleading and unhelpful. Yes, it's been proven quite safe, but only when taken in correct dosages (as with anything). Some were getting it by other means, self-prescribing, and getting sick, something hospitals definitely didn't need to deal with.

          However, the efficacy isn't at all clear, and I think the main concern is some hear "forget scary vaccinations (needles!), take this (unproven for this illness) pill instead and you'll be fine". Some early, questionable (not controlled) studies showed wild success, while other, more reliable studies showed no clear benefit. There has been criticism (notably by Dr. John Campbell) that there needs to be more studies, but the interest is low because the drug is so cheap. That is a logical and perhaps fair criticism, but it's somewhat undercut by the fact that there are indeed many ongoing studies (as Campbell ironically points out himself), and then cross-cut by new--and whaddyaknow, very expensive--antivirals. If there wasn't so much FUD about vaccines in the first place, the story would probably be different. But as I see it, the bigger story is why D3 supplementation hasn't gotten dramatically more attention. Yes, it's one of the ADEK vitamins, but of those, it's pretty hard to overdose in a dangerous way, and study after study has shown no question about its multi-layered effectiveness.

  5. webdev511

    All those shiny buildings aren't going to justify themselves by looking pretty.

    • VancouverNinja

      It is not about the office buildings. It is about productivity. Bottom line. Some people are honest about their ability to crank out solid days work from home, some people are more productive at home, and many more are less productive at home but rarely admit to it.

    • Stabitha.Christie

      I seen this brought up a bit. I’m curious who exactly is looking for justification on the buildings. Certainly has come up from the shareholders. Who is that you think Apple is trying to justify having office building to?

  6. danbush

    "...the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused by the unvaccinated."

    I'm pretty sure that the ongoing pandemic was caused by... wait for it... COVID-19. Unfortunately, our status as vaccinated appears to not have protected us from getting (and spreading) COVID...