Apple CEO Tim Cook tells employees to work in the office at least three days a week from September
- Apple will require its employees to work in person three days a week from September
- Some employees come back for a five-day schedule, depending on their job
- Employees can request permission to work remotely for two weeks
- Other major tech companies will continue to allow remote working ‘forever’
- It is estimated that by the end of 2021, 37 percent of Americans will still be working remotely
While a number of major tech companies have set their sights on permanent remote working since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has taken a more conservative approach.
CEO Tim Cook told employees on Wednesday that they should come back to the office at least three days a week starting in September.
In an email sent to employees and acquired by The Verge, Cook said: “For all we’ve been able to accomplish while many of us are separated, the truth is that over the past year something essential has been missing: each and every one of us. ‘
Video conference calls have been helpful, Cook added, but it couldn’t replace face-to-face collaboration.
As of September, most Apple employees report in person on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Others come back for four or five days a week, depending on the needs of their job.
Employees also have the option to request permission to work remotely for two full weeks a year “to be closer to family and loved ones, find a different environment, arrange unexpected trips or some other reason for yourself,” according to the report. Cook’s email.
Apple informed staff on Wednesday that they will be required to work in the office three days a week from September. Pictured: Apple’s main campus in Silicon Valley
Google and Microsoft have adopted a similar policy when it comes to office work. In an email published online by Google and sent to its employees on May 5, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote that 20 percent of its employees could work from home permanently after offices reopen later this year.
He added that he expects 60 percent to work in person about three days a week and the remaining 20 percent to work in new office locations.
Pichai wrote that employees will have more information by mid-June about whether they can work remotely or have to come back to their office for work.
“Because time in the office will be focused on collaboration, your product areas and functions will help determine which days teams meet in the office,” he wrote. “There will also be roles that may need to be on location more than three days a week due to the nature of the work.”
In an email to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote: “For all we’ve been able to accomplish while many of us are separated, the truth is that over the past year something essential has been missing: each other”
Meanwhile, Microsoft announced in March that it would continue to operate on a hybrid schedule, depending on the severity of the pandemic.
“Our goal is to give employees additional flexibility to support individual work styles, balance business needs and ensure we live our culture,” reads a post shared on his official blog.
The post continues to say that the company aims to have most employees work from home less than 50 percent of the time.
By contrast, Facebook, Twitter and Square waited no more than two months for the coronavirus lockdowns and remote working to tell their employees that they could continue to work from home permanently.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey first started encouraging his employees to work from home in 2018 after seeing a personal spike in productivity as a result.
A press release published on Twitter’s blog in May 2020 reads: ‘. . . if our employees are in a role and situation where they can work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we’ll take care of it.’
Facebook officials told news outlets in April that it would remain committed to enabling workers to work remotely after the pandemic.
A recent report from consulting firm Willis Towers Watson found that 57 percent of U.S. workers are currently working from home and that by the end of 2021, 37 percent are likely to still be working from home.