Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly would like to see the faces of Apple employees in the office from the end of the summer. Cook would like employees to return to the office three days a week starting in early September, according to an email from Cook to employees obtained by The edge.
“For all that we have been able to accomplish while many of us have been separated, the truth is that something essential has been missing from this last year: each other,” he wrote in the email sent Wednesday morning. “Video conferencing calls have reduced the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things that you just can’t replicate.”
The company’s offices have been practically empty for the last year, its employees are working remotely, as companies around the world closed the facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But as the number of deaths and new cases continues to decline in the US, many companies are making plans to return to pre-pandemic office activity.
The change should come as no surprise to Apple employees. In December, Cook assured employees that they would not be expected to return to the office until this month, arguing that “there is no replacement for face-to-face collaboration,” according to a Bloomberg report.
Cook’s memo described a scenario in which most employees were required to come to the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the option to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays. Teams that require in-person work will return to the office four to five days a week, The Verge reported.
The plan appears to resemble the one unveiled in December by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. His plan outlined a hybrid work model, in which employees generally came to the office three days a week. In May, Pichai told employees in a memorandum that he.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the social media giant will allow some employees to work from home permanently, and Twitter made a similar announcement.
Apple employees would also have the option of working fully remotely for up to two weeks a year, but that arrangement would have to be approved by managers.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment or verification of the email.