Apple, in a flexible approach, wants its employees to be in the office for three days a week from early September

On Wednesday, Apple asked its employees to return to office for three days a week beginning from early September. In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic the employees were working remotely. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple informed its employees about the change through an email.

According to Bloomberg, the change is anticipated for the Apple employees. In 2020, when the employees were working from home, the tech giant discouraged the phenomenon. Later, in December 2020 Tim Cook demanded to the employees that they might be asked to come to the office as early as June.

Apple’s take on remote working is yet conservative when compared to the other tech giants. Google in May declared that 20 percent of its workforce would be able to work from home permanently. Mark Zuckerberg urged that remote working “is the future.” The Facebook employees are informed that they can work from home forever as long as they get their manager’s approval.

Tim Cook explained that “for all that we have 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.” He went further stating that “video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”

Cook informed that most of the employees will be asked to come in to the office on Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays with the option of working remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays. Team that need to work in person will return four to five days a week. According to his letter, the employees also have chance to work remotely for up to two weeks a year “to be closer to family and loved ones, find a chance of scenery, manage unexpected travel, or for a different reason all your own.” The remote work request needs to be approved by the Manager. Tim Cook also encouraged all the employees to get vaccinated through the letter.

Later in the letter Cook expressed, “For now, let simply say that I look forward to seeing your faces.” “I know I am not alone in missing the hum of activity, the energy, creativity and collaboration of our in-person meetings and the sense of community we have all built.”

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