United States-based Apple corporate employees have begun returning to their offices, ending a two-year span of working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple had given employees at Apple Park, Infinite Loop, and other corporate locations a deadline of today, April 11 to return to the office.
Apple will require employees to initially work from the office at least one day per week, increasing to at least two days per week by May 2, and at least three days per week by May 23. Those three days would be Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Most employees will have the option to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Apple has always stated that employees will eventually need to return to the office, although most have worked from home since the pandemic.
The work-from-home culture has long been shunned by Apple, as the company emphasizes in-person collaboration. This has likely been a huge factor in the company’s decision to begin bringing employees back into their offices.
“For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a June 2021 memo to employees. “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”