Apple orders employees to come into the office 3 times a week

Following months of delays, Apple finally has a solid start date for its hybrid work policy.

Come September 5, the tech giant will start requiring employees who work in its Santa Clara Valley campus to report to the office three times a week According to The Verge.

Employees are expected to be in the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and a third day set by individual teams.

Apple’s SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi broke the news to Apple employees in a note to staff members.

In the note, employees were encouraged to share their input about the third team-specific day with their managers to help them decide. 

The Hybrid Working pilot scheme was first announced in June but was postponed due to the emergence of new Covid variants.

CEO Tim Cook said the move would allow colleagues to ‘engage more fully’ with each other and that Apple was ‘deeply committed to giving [them] support and flexibility’ through the transition.

Apple employees were not happy with the new policy that would not allow them to work fully remote. A group of Apple employees even pushed back against the desision, arguing that it would disadvantage people of colour and those less physically able.

The tech company had previously told its staff they would be required to be in the workplace one day a week from 11 April, then for two days per week, and three days a week after 28 May.

However in May, the tech giant delayed its big ‘return to office’ plans, allowing employees to continue working from home.

The return-to-office order even resulted in the company losing a high-profile exec, Ian Goodfellow, Apples ex-director of machine learning.

In the end, the company backtracked and softened its stance, launching a pilot that required some employees to report to its offices two days a week instead.

Now, it looks like Apple is fully leaning into the hybrid work model requiring employees to report to its offices.

‘September 5th marks the true start of our hybrid work pilot in the Santa Clary Valley,’ Federighi wrote in his memo.

He did mention that it was a pilot and the company expected to learn from its implementation in the coming months as it rolled it out to other locations.

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