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Apple is delaying and adjusting its return to office plans

Apple is delaying and adjusting its return to office plans

Apple, in a blow to its efforts to normalize its operations, has suspended its requirement for employees to return to the office this month for at least three days a week due to a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

The reversal was welcome news for the thousands of employees who rejected the company’s claim to start coming to the office three days a week in late May. Early this month, the group, which calls itself “Apple Together,” publish a letter Calling on the executive team to allow for a flexible, hybrid work schedule, saying they could collaborate remotely using online tools like Slack and save hours of mobility.

One of the leading AI engineers at Apple, Ian Goodfellow, quit In early May due to the office return policy. Mr. Goodfellow did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Apple said in a memo to employees Tuesday that it will embark on a pilot program to bring some workers back to the office twice a week in the coming weeks. She said anyone in the program who feels “uncomfortable coming into the office” will have the “option to work remotely.”

The company has also asked employees who come to campus to wear masks in public places and elevators. She said she will continue to monitor Covid cases and provide staff with updates at least two weeks in advance of any future policy changes to her office.

The pandemic hit less than a year after Apple celebrated the opening of its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, a circular building resembling a spaceship. It has remained largely unused for the past two years.

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