Apple delays and changes its plans to return to the office
Apple, in a blow to its efforts to restore normalcy to its operations, has suspended the requirement for employees to return to the office this month for at least three days a week due to the resurgence of Covid-19 cases.
The turnaround was good news for thousands of employees who rejected the company’s request to start coming to the office three days a week in late May. Earlier this month, the group, which is called ” Apple Together “, posted a letter calling on the executive team to allow for a hybrid and flexible work schedule, saying they could collaborate remotely using online tools like Slack and save commuting hours.
One of Apple’s leading artificial intelligence engineers, Ian Goodfellow, resigned early May due to office return policy. Mr. Goodfellow did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Apple said in a note to employees on Tuesday that it will proceed with a pilot program to bring some workers back to the office twice a week in the coming weeks. He said anyone on that program who felt “uncomfortable walking into the office” would have the “ability to work remotely”.
The company also asked employees who come to campus to wear masks in common areas and elevators. He said he would continue to monitor Covid cases and provide employees with updates at least two weeks in advance of any future changes to the office’s policy.
The pandemic hit less than a year after Apple celebrated the opening of its new $ 5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, a flamboyant circular building that resembles a spaceship. It has remained largely unused for the past two years.