As the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has spurred tech companies to tell thousands of employees to work from home, the process has been less than neat, says The Wall Street Journal. Apple employees are facing a particularly tough grind, due to the company’s strict secrecy guidelines.
The WSJ report says software developers that were sent home have been faced with slow download speeds and confusion over what work they’re allowed to perform. Some employees have been unable to access key internal systems from home, thanks to Apple’s stringent security policies.
Many engineers have continued to work at Apple’s headquarters to stay true to Apple’s policy of forbidding unreleased products from leaving the campus. However, some Apple staff say that the company has loosened restrictions a bit.
Apple has taken numerous measures to lessen the spread of the coronavirus. The company has temporarily closed all Apple Stores outside of China and encouraging corporate employees to work from home if their job allows. This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be an online-only event. The Cupertino firm has committed $15 million to date for coronavirus relief efforts and is offering Apple Care customers a program that will allow them to skip March’s payment without interest.