Apple’s plan for employees to begin returning to corporate offices in February has been indefinitely delayed due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and growing fears over the emerging omicron variant.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees about the pushed-back return in a memo that was sent out today.
In November, in a letter to employees, Apple said that the company would expect them to start returning to the office on February 1. However, that return has been canceled indefinitely.
The news was shared on Twitter by NBC tech journalist Zoë Schiffer. Schiffer said Apple also will give every corporate employee $1,000 to spend on home office equipment.
BREAKING: Tim Cook just sent out an email delaying Apple’s return to work to a date “yet to be determined.” He also said the company is giving every corporate employee $1,000 to spend on home office equipment.
— Zoë Schiffer (@ZoeSchiffer) December 15, 2021
The delay in the return to corporate offices will likely be welcomed by many Apple employees that have been resisting the looming return. However, they will have to return someday, although Cook says that the return date has “yet to be determined.”
When employees do eventually return to the office, Apple has a hybrid work schedule planned, with employees expected to show up three days per week at the office, while having the option of working from home two days per week. Apple also plans to allow employees to work remotely for up to one month per year.