Apple has postponed its requirement for employees to return to the office at least three days this month due to a resurgence of the Covid-19 case, hitting its efforts to restore normalcy to its operations.
The reversal was welcome news for thousands of employees who pushed back against the company’s demand to start coming to office three days a week in late May. Earlier this month, the group, which calls itself “Apple Together”, published a letter urging the executive team to approve a hybrid and flexible work schedule, stating that they could collaborate remotely using online tools such as Slack. Is and can save hours of travel. .
One of Apple’s leading artificial intelligence engineers, Ian Goodfellow, resigned Early May due to office return policy. Mr. Goodfellow did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Apple said in a note to employees on Tuesday that it would move forward with a pilot program to bring some workers back to the office twice a week next week. He says anyone who finds the program “uncomfortable coming into the office” will have the “option to work from a distance.”
The company also said that employees who come to campus wear masks in public areas and elevators. He said he would continue to monitor Kovid’s cases and provide employees with updates at least two weeks before any future changes to his office policy.
The epidemic struck less than a year after Apple celebrated the opening of its new, $ 5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, which looks like a spaceship. It has been sitting idle for the last two years.