Close on the heels of making masking mandatory again at all Apple retail stores in the US and temporarily closing locations due to the rising virus cases in the workforce, the Company has gone ahead and postponed the ‘return to office’ deadline. Additionally, Apple will provide a $1,000 bonus to employees to fulfil their work-from-home requirements.
It had earlier asked employees to return to office by Feburary 2022. This deadline was an extended one, after having postponed the same several times, from June to September, then October to January.
A new date for return to office has not been decided or conveyed to the workforce. However, employees have been assured for a minimum four-week notice, before a new date is brought into effect.
In an internal memo, the employees were informed that the plan for hybrid work is being pushed further, and that a date is yet to be decided for implementing the same. However, Apple offices continue to be open in various locations, including Greater China, where many employees are visiting.
Employees are being encouraged to take their vaccine jabs as well as booster shots to keep themselves and those around them safe.
The bonus is expected to help the employees make their workspace at home more comfortable and efficient.
Whenever the ‘return-to-office’ happens, employees will be required to come in to office for three days, that is, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and work home for two days.