Apple has again pushed back the date for its staff to return to their offices, this time from October until at least January 2022, as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread in America and beyond.
The news was broken to iEmployees in an internal email circulated by HR and retail supremo Deirdre O’Brien, Bloomberg first reported.
O’Brien urged workers to get vaccinated – there is no mandatory requirement – and said Apple would confirm the exact date they could go back to working at their desks one month before offices reopened. Staff are expected to work in the office at least three days a week when they return. Apple's retail stores will remain open.
Apple was once hopeful the pandemic would have calmed down by the end of summer, and planned to recall employees to its campuses by September. As the Delta variant kicked into high gear, Apple cautiously extended the ability to work from home for another month to October.
Now, employees can continue working remotely until at least January next year. Offices will be open if needed by staff.
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Amazon also previously said it’s not planning to bring workers back into its offices until January. Other Big Tech firms, however, seem to be more keen on getting people back into pre-pandemic work life.
Facebook and Google said employees will have to get vaccinated before returning to their desks later this year. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is targeting October 18 for staff to return.
Apple has no comment at time of publication. ®