Apple delays return to work in person to February, will allow up to four weeks of remote work per year

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Apple officially plans to begin its “hybrid work pilot” on February 1, according to a new memo sent to employees by Tim Cook today and obtained by Information. In the memo, Cook says employees will first work from Apple’s offices one or two days a week.

For the month of February, Cook says employees will “be required to work out of the office one or two days a week.” Then, starting in March, Apple will ask employees to work from their desks on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and from their home on Wednesday and Friday.

That said, however, “a number of Apple teams” will not participate in this hybrid because their jobs require “a greater need to work in person,” according to the report.

Finally, Apple says all employees will also be able to work remotely for up to four weeks per year, which is double what Cook previously promised staff members:

Apple previously said employees could work remotely for two weeks a year, but the company has now doubled that time to four weeks. “It gives you more opportunities to travel, to be closer to your loved ones or just to shake up your routines,” Cook wrote.

Apple’s plans may change based on COVID-19 case data, as we’ve seen happen a few times before, but that’s what the company hopes to implement for now. Apple employees have opposed the company’s plan to require any type of in-person work. Whether they are fond of today’s latest update remains to be seen.

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