Apple wants its employees back in the office from February 2022 with the option to work remotely for four weeks as part of a new hybrid work pilot, according to an internal memo sent on Thursday by company CEO Tim Cook, reported The Information.
During the first month of return to the office, employees will have to show up once or twice a week. From March onwards, most employees will have to show up three days a week, while some may have to come into the office four or even five days a week, depending on their role and job requirement.
The Cupertino-based company has been planning to get employees back to the office for quite some time. The initial plan was to return to the office in September this year, which has been postponed multiple times.
Several companies have started the process to get workers back to offices under a hybrid work model. Google is also expecting employees to return to the office in January. The company CEO Sundar Pichai had said last month that they are seeing a 20-30 per cent return in some US offices. Pichai said that he has started working from the office twice or thrice a week.
However, not all companies are ready to force their employees to return to the office yet. In September, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees that the company is indefinitely delaying return to the US offices. Nadella had said companies that are forcing employees to return to the office are shortsighted.
According to some surveys, most workers are willing to return to work but only for a few days a week. A 2021 survey by Ipsos and World Economic Forum involving 12,500 workers in 29 countries also confirms this. The survey also found that 30 per cent of workers were ready to switch jobs if they were forced to work full time from offices.
Some experts feel juggling two workspaces daily can get frustrating for workers.