Apple Inc. has set a September 5 deadline for company employees to be in the office at least three days a week, marking the company’s latest return attempt after a spike in COVID-19 caused its plans to they were delayed many times.
The company will require employees to work in the office on regular Tuesdays, Thursdays and Tuesdays to be determined by individual teams. That’s a change from Apple’s original plan, which required in-person work on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The company notified employees of the new approach on Monday.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant has been working to get its employees back in the office since at least June 2021, when it first announced it. three-day policy. However, the virus outbreak has forced the company to postpone work deadlines, forcing workers to work a two-day-a-week schedule. The new policy will first go into effect in Silicon Valley and then spread to other offices.
An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on update deadlines.
Apple has been making other COVID-19 adjustments. The new policy comes weeks after the company dropped its mandate to wear masks in common areas of the office. Apple removed such a requirement from individual desks a few months ago.
The company also held an in-person meetup on its campus in June to see a developer conference presentation. That’s the first time since 2019 and signals that Apple is getting closer to normal operations.
In Santa Clara County, home to many of Apple’s main offices, the seven-day average and daily number of new COVID cases were down from July, but still much higher than they were before Omicron’s previous spike in 2022. However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relax its COVID-19 recommendations last week.
The iPhone maker is one of the strictest tech companies when it comes to pushing employees back into the office, much to the displeasure of some employees, Bloomberg News reported. Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc’s Google. and others have become more open to remote work in recent months.
It’s been a busy time for Apple. The company is gearing up for an event in September to announce the iPhone 14 and new watches. It is also gearing up for updated Macs and iPads to launch later this year.
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