In an unprecedented move, Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook has asked his staff at Apple to work from the office for three days a week from September. Staff required to be in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
In an email sent out on Wednesday, Cook says, “For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other.” He continued saying, “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”
Cook added that employees should come into the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, then gave them an option of working from home on Wednesdays and Fridays. However, those teams required to work in person will have to return four to five days a week.
In the letter, employees are allowed two weeks a year to work remotely. This could mean, “to be closer to family and loved ones, travel or a different reason all your own,” he said.
For those who need to work remotely, managers will have to approve their requests.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, employees worked remotely, a departure from their pre-2020 stance of not working from home. However, according to Bloomberg, the CEO indicated that this would require the staff to be back in office as early as June.
While Cook’s statement appears to have softened Apple’s stance on remote working, the tech giant still lies behind other tech companies. For instance, Google gave its workforce an option to work from home permanently.
Mark Zuckerberg told CNBC that Facebook plans to allow employees to work remotely full time on the approval of their managers. To tackle the COVID-19 spread, Cook urged staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Mr. Cook said that he ‘looks forward to seeing your faces, and missed the hum of activity, the energy, creativity, and collaboration of our in-person meetings and the sense of community we’ve all built.’