Apple has once again delayed its official return to standard attendance at its corporate campuses in Cupertino. It was previously set for February 1, 2022, but has now been pushed back to an unspecified time as the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant takes hold around the world.
This is now the fourth time that Apple has to review its schedule for returning employees to the office.
Along with the announcement of the indefinite return to work deadline, Bloomberg reports that Apple is offering employees $ 1,000 bonuses to spend on home office equipment, and Apple will give a month’s warning when a new date will be determined.
Earlier this year, Apple initially hoped to launch its new hybrid office / home plan in June 2021. Apple said it expects workers to come to the office three out of five days a week, with the option to work from home on Wednesdays. and Fridays.
However, that date has now been pushed back several times as the threat of COVID persists, from June to September, October, January, February and this time the company has refused to determine an exact new date.
Meanwhile, Apple employees have vigorously rejected plans announced by Apple. A significant proportion of Apple’s workforce is disappointed that Apple isn’t moving to a more “modern” long-term work-from-home policy, according to other tech companies like Twitter. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he will test the hybrid model for 2022 and then reassess it long-term.
While overall company policy is making the headlines, the truth is that many of Apple’s divisions have been back in the office on and off for over a year. Specifically, the hardware engineering groups returned to Apple Park quite early because they needed access to the machines and facilities on campus to do their jobs. On the other hand, some managers have sorted out the permanent home working arrangements for their teams. However, most employees in software divisions are required to adhere to the three-day on-duty policy.
Earlier today, Apple closed a handful of retail stores citing the new spread of COVID-19.
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