Apple has delayed plans to return workers to the office three days a week as COVID cases in its home state of California went up again.
The tech company recently sued Covid-19 surges in California for the delay of the three days in the week requirement. Employees still have to come two days a week, but it remains unclear when the three days a week will become regular.
Apple informed employees on Tuesday that it was delaying the three days a week in the office request, which would take effect on May 23, Bloomberg reported.
Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, are pictured above. The company has delayed plans to bring employees back to the office three days a week, according to Covid-fast
Ian Goodfellow, Apple’s director of machine learning, has stopped protesting against its policy of forcing people to return to their offices three days a week
A memo circulating to Apple employees said the request was delayed “for the moment” but did not include a new launch date.
The now suspended plan required employees to work from the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Employees have been going to the Apple office two days a week since April, and there has been no indication that requirement will change.
Apple has blamed increasing Covid-19 cases as the reason for the delay in the claim, but the three-day-a-week plan has been controversial among staff since it was announced.
The former director of machine learning at Apple, Ian Goodfellow, made headlines in May when he dismissed his job in protest of the company’s demands three days a week.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is spotted at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino. He has been determined to bring employees back to the office
In his resignation note, Goodfellow insisted that office flexibility was best for his team.
“I strongly believe that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team,” he said, according to The edge.
Goodfellow is not the only Apple employee who is dissatisfied with new office requirements. A April 19-19 workers’ survey found that 67 percent said they were dissatisfied with the return-to-office policy, Fortune reported.
California has become a Covid-19 revival in recent weeks, with the New York Times reported an average of 8,925 in the last seven days – a 37% peak in cases from the average two weeks ago.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been adamant about returning to the office of his employees, and insists that a hardware-heavy company like Apple needs their employees physically together to design their physical products.
In early March, he wrote to staff saying they had to prepare to return.
“In the coming weeks and months, we will have an opportunity to combine the best of what we have learned about working remotely with the irreplaceable benefits of a personal collaboration,” Cook said in the memo, according to Bloomberg.
California has seen an increase in Covid cases in recent weeks. There has been a 34% increase in cases in the last two weeks
Apple CEO Tim Cook insists a hardware company like Apple needs its employees to be in the office to collaborate on the design of their physical products
However, many employees insist that they can do the work remotely as well and that they do not want to lose their work-life balance.
“Everything happened with our work from home all day, and now we have to go back to the office, sit in traffic for two hours, and hire people to take care of kids at home,” says a former Apple employee anonymously. Bloomberg in April, ‘Working at home has so many benefits. Why would we want to go back? ‘
Employees have also been quick to point out that although they spend their days designing products that can work from home all over the world, they are required to return to an office.
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