Apple continues to maintain its hybrid telework model, causing tension among some employees who advocate 100% teleworking. In July, we got news of the telework extension until October, although Bloomberg sources assure that the return to the office will be delayed again, now scheduled for early 2022.
A new lease of life for teleworkers
As reported by Bloomberg, Apple will keep its employees at bay until early 2022. This is a new expansion, having initially expected the return to the office to occur in October.
Apple delays return to power again due to increase in COVID-19 cases
The main cause of the decision, according to the source, is the increase in cases of COVID-19 and its new variants, which continue to generate an increase in cases. Without going any further, Apple closed its Apple Store in Charleston (South Carolina), in the United States, after knowing that 20 of its employees were exposed to COVID.
Apple Inc. is delaying its return to its offices from October to January at the earliest due to the increase in Covid-19 cases and new variants, according to a note sent to employees on Thursday. The company told staff it would confirm the reopening schedule a month before employees are required to return to the office.
Apple, with a solid commitment to face-to-face work, has allowed its employees to telework due to the pandemic, a model that has been extended by the health situation. On the business side, the very creation of Apple Park was intended as a meeting place between teams, in order to promote creativity, ideas and solutions.
Deirdre O’Brien, vice president of Retail + People, has already explained the necessary balance between virtual and face-to-face work, after the closure at the start of the pandemic of virtually all Apple Stores. For the moment, teleworking is maintained until at least January 2022, a new respite for employees who opt for telework.