Apple Pushes Return-To-Office Policy For Staffers Indefinitely
Apple is pushing back its return-to-office date indefinitely, Bloomberg and The New York Times reported, citing an internal memo from CEO Tim Cook, Huileng Tan also wrote for Business Insider.
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Cook said the move is due to a global increase in COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Omicron variant, according to the reports. Apple staffers were set to return to the office in February but Cook said it's now on a "date yet to be determined," according to the reports.
He also announced a $1,000 bonus in the memo for employees for work-from-home needs, according to the reports. Retail workers will get the bonus as well, Bloomberg added.
Apple's delay of its back-to-office plan follows those at other major tech companies — including Google and Facebook parent company Meta — due to uncertainty over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Apple has also temporarily closed three stores, in Miami, Annapolis, and Ottawa amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. According to its website, the Miami store is set to reopen on Friday and the Ottawa and Annapolis stores will resume operations on Saturday.
Earlier this week, Apple reinstated a mask mandate for customers and employees at all US stores.