Apple, which had already delayed its employees’ return to bodily workplaces from September to October to January to February, has a new timeline: to be decided.
Tim Cook, Apple’s chief government, advised workers in a message seen by The New York Times on Wednesday that the corporate was delaying a return to hybrid work “to a date yet to be determined.”
He stated the choice was made due to the surge of the coronavirus all over the world, fueled by the contagious Omicron variant. Mr. Cook additionally stated the corporate would supply a further $1,000 to every worker to assist furnish residence workplaces.
The firm confirmed the postponement however declined to remark additional.
The information got here on the heels of Apple’s briefly closing three retail shops, in Miami, Annapolis, Md., and Ottawa, amid a spike of optimistic exams and publicity amongst workers at these shops.
Unlike different huge tech firms like Facebook, which has allowed workers to request to work at home completely, Apple has maintained that it desires its employees to return to the office no less than part-time when it’s protected to accomplish that. That has led to battle with a few of its employees, who fought this plan over the summer time, a conflict that developed into AppleToo, a broader activist movement on the firm.
With its new indefinite timeline, Apple joins a growing list of companies which have bowed to the unpredictable ebbs and flows of the pandemic by scrapping particular return dates.