Apple has postponed its plans to bring its employees back to the offices and it is expected that these can return in October. And it is that according to Bloomberg, the increase in Covid-19 cases due to the Delta variant in Cupertino, Santa Clara, (where the Apple Park is) has increased significantly.
And it is that according to The Mercury News, daily cases registered in Cupertino range between 6 and 9.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, which makes this area classified as level 2. However, this has not been an impediment for the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, to rethink a new way of working, since according to what was exposed in June to the staff, They would have to work in person in the offices three days a week until at least 2022.
Apple employees will continue to work remotely until at least October
Despite the fact that the employees of the apple giant claim that remote work has a series of benefits, some participants of a Slack channel – in defense of remote work – wrote a letter asking Apple for more flexibility. Request that was rejected by the company.
This had as a consequence that, last week, some employees have threatened to resign if the return to work policy was implemented, they even sent a second letter to the executives of the apple giant to reach an agreement on the work policies. In fact, a few days ago we told you that Apple employees announced that they do not want to go back to the office.
However, Apple Says Face-to-Face Collaboration Is Necessary To Promote Its Corporate Philosophy and thus enhance the work. This is corroborated with the statements of a few days ago where Apple said that face-to-face work is essential. An important fact to take into account is that the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, helped design the main building of Apple Park (with that circular circular shape) to facilitate random encounters between workers and improve the work environment.
Although vaccines against Covid-19 have helped save lives, the reality is that this increase in cases in Cupertino has caused Apple employees to rethink their return to face-to-face work. For its part Apple
Apple says they will not change their decision based on these complaints for the time being, so we will have to wait until October to find out how this case unfolds.