Apple is delaying transferring ahead on its hybrid return to work for office employees, saying in a memo seen by The Verge and (reported earlier by Bloomberg) that “we are extending the phase-in period of the pilot and maintaining two days a week in the office for the time being.” Employees who’re in the present two-day-per-week pilot will have the choice to as soon as once more work totally remote in the event that they really feel uncomfortable coming into the workplace,
In the memo, the corporate’s COVID-19 response crew says that its updates are based mostly on monitoring native data like check positivity and hospitalization charges. The memo additionally asks employees to return to sporting masks when in common areas like assembly rooms, hallways, and elevators. The Bloomberg report added that, on Tuesday, retail employees in about 100 US shops have been informed they will once more be required to put on a masks:
Based on present situations, we’ve got two updates to share:
First, we’re quickly asking crew members to put on masks in common spaces, assembly rooms, hallways, and elevators—in common, all areas exterior of your private workspace.
Second, we’re extending the phase-in interval of the pilot and sustaining two days every week in the workplace in the intervening time. For these of you taking part in the pilot, if you’re uncomfortable coming into the workplace throughout this time, you have got the choice to work remotely. Please talk about your plans together with your supervisor.
These adjustments are in your location and we’ll make adjustments to different places as required. We’re persevering with to monitor native information carefully and are dedicated to offering a minimum of two weeks discover of any adjustments.
The letter didn’t instantly reply to requests made by the Apple Together group that wrote a letter protesting the hybrid plan, however extra flexibility in returning to the workplace (nonetheless short-term) is in line with what they have been asking. CEO Tim Cook initially announced the new hybrid model nearly a year ago, however repeated spikes in COVID-19 infections delayed its begin till earlier this yr. Apple didn’t particularly go into the info and tendencies that brought on this alteration, however the outcomes appear worrying sufficient that it’s sticking with masking and extra flexibility for now.