The tech giant was one of the first to sound the alarm about the coronavirus. Now it’s becoming one of the first to return to its offices.
Companies around Silicon Valley are reconsidering their work-from-home strategies amid the coronavirus pandemic, telling employees they can work remotely after the crisis subsides. Apple is reportedly taking a different tack, sharing plans to potentially bring employees back to its offices by the summer.
The iPhone maker is planning to open its offices in phases, according to a report in Bloomberg, which cited people familiar with the plan. The phase, which “has already begun in some regions globally,” focuses on staff who can’t work remotely or have faced challenges working away from the office. In July, the company plans to open offices more broadly. The plan is subject to local stay-at-home orders, Bloomberg’s sources said.
Apple’s plan to bring employees back to its offices comes as governments continue to grapple with how to return to normal life amid the continued outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, which has so far has killed more than 293,000 patients and infected more than 4.2 million people worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Apple’s move also marks a seeming departure from some other tech firms, such as Facebook and Google, who told employees they can work remotely through the end of the year. Twitter has offered to allow remote work for some employees permanently.