Apple is no longer forcing employees to return to the office, but only until October. According to a report by Bloomberg, this move is a reaction towards a ride in COVID-19 cases in many countries yet again.
According to Tim Cook’s memo that was sent out to employees earlier in June, employees were scheduled to return to their offices in early September, for three days per week. However, due to the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus, cases are on the rise again in the US and other countries as well, where Apple has offices.
The company will give at least a month’s notice until they have to return to offices. The initial decision to return to work has been also criticized by some of the employees. An internal letter obtained by The Verge back in June requested that Apple should give its employees more flexibility on whether they want to come back to the office.
Companies like Twitter and Slack are allowing their employees to work remotely forever. Google has allowed some of its workers to work remotely, whereas Facebook said it would allow all full-time employees to work remotely if their job description allows it.