After more than a year working remotely, Apple is finally starting to talk about going back to the office.
As reported by The edge, Tim Cook has sent an email to employees asking them to return to the office for at least three days a week starting in September. In addition to adopting a hybrid schedule, employees will also be able to work completely remotely for up to two weeks a year.
“For all that we have been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that something essential has been missing in this last year: each other,” he said. “Video conferencing calls have reduced the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things that you just can’t replicate.”
Cook said most employees will be asked to come to the office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with the option to work remotely on Wednesday and Friday. Teams that need to work in person will return four to five days a week.
Employees also have the opportunity to work remotely for up to two weeks a year, “to be closer to family and loved ones, find a change of scenery, manage unexpected trips or a different reason,” according to the letter. Managers must approve requests for remote work.
Tim Cook has been a vocal advocate of returning to the office once I was safe once again. Speaking of which, Cook also encouraged employees to get vaccinated.
In Wednesday’s letter, Cook also encouraged all employees to get vaccinated.
“For now, let me just say that I hope to see your faces,” he said to finish. “I know I’m not the only one missing the buzz of activity, energy, creativity, and collaboration from our in-person meetings and the sense of community we’ve all built.”
Apple has yet to respond to The Verge’s request for comment on the change.