As vaccination campaigns slowly calms down the pandemic, companies are asking staff to gradually return to office work. The latest big tech announcing a return to office is Apple that in a staff memo said it wants employees back in September.
CEO Tim Cook in the memo said staffers should be at the office for at least three days a week. Teams with staff that have work that makes physical presence necessary should be at the office four or five days per week.
Some staff will be given the option of working from home two days per week.
The plan also includes the option of applying for permission to work remotely for two weeks per year.
All types of remote working will need to be approved by managers.
“For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other. Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate”, Cook wrote according to The Verge that had access to the full memo.
“I know I’m not alone in missing the hum of activity, the energy, creativity and collaboration of our in-person meetings and the sense of community we’ve all built.”