CEO Tim Cook stated in an internal memo issued to staff that the company’s “hybrid work pilot” will begin on 1st of February, 2022, with workers progressively returning to the office over a month in the hybrid work pilot which will start with one or two days each week. This plan would change in March, with in-person work three days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays) and remote work on Wednesdays and Fridays.
According to the memo, this regulation will not apply to all employees, only “qualified teams.” Some teams will be needed to work four or five days a week in the office. Cook stated that “a handful of teams have a greater need to collaborate in person.” Many of Apple’s worldwide offices have already returned to work, and half of the company’s employees in Silicon Valley are coming in weekly on specific days, according to the CEO.
In addition to the two days per week, Cook noted that staff would be permitted to work remotely for four weeks per year, up from the two weeks he initially announced in June. Several employees addressed an internal letter to Cook and corporate leadership at the time, requesting that they support employees who wished to work from home.
Apple and Cook have long emphasized the value of face-to-face collaboration. In truth, Apple’s leadership has stated that the company’s products and services are the results of in-house development.
“For all that we’ve accomplished while many of us have been separated,” Cook remarked in June, “the truth is that there has been something fundamental missing from this last year: one another. To be sure, video conference calling has shortened the gap between us, but there are some things it simply cannot replace,” he continued.
Cook reiterated that Apple’s intentions aren’t set in stone and employee health was Apple’s priority in this memo. Saying that the business might postpone its return to the workplace or make other changes to masks and social distance rules. In recent months, Apple has revised its return to work date multiple times. Although Cook urged staff to be vaccinated, he didn’t make it mandatory.