Apple has delayed its mandatory return to offices until at least January 2022, citing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Employees will be informed a month in advance before they must return to in-person work.
Apple’s senior vice president of people and retail, Deirdre O’Brien, encouraged employees to get vaccinated in a recent email sent to employees.
Despite how frustrated she is that we are still not over the pandemic, she wrote, “I know there are still feelings of frustration.” “This period has been marred by great sadness, suffering, and heartbreak for many colleagues around the world. During these challenging times, we all stand together in support of each other.”
Previously, the Apple discouraged employees from working from home, but changed its policy in June when Tim Cook announced he would start testing a hybrid work model that would require them to come into the office three days a week beginning in early September. A new date was then set for October – and now for the New Year.
This model has been strongly opposed by employees, who want a more flexible policy that enables anyone who wishes to work from home.
Announcing its return to the office earlier this year, Facebook also delayed its plans for early next year.
Microsoft has also moved its planned reopening of its Washington DC area offices from September to “no earlier than October 4, 2021”.
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, said the company will require employees to be vaccinated before returning to work in the late part of the year.
Additionally, Amazon announced that its timeline for returning to the office would be pushed back to January 2022.
There are still more than 37,291,739 cases and 625,153 deaths in the US, making it the world’s worst-hit country.