Apple again postpones when employees must drag their sad asses back to the office

By

Apple Park Close up
Apple employees will be back in the office soon… maybe.
Photo: Apple

Apple corporate employees must start working part-time in the office beginning on February 1, according to a company email that quickly leaked out.

But the Mac-maker has been forced to move back the date when employees to return to the office several times. It could happen again.

Apple employees go back to the office… maybe

The leaked email says the company wants employees back in Apple Park and other locations at the beginning of February, according to Bloomberg.

After a transitional period, the plan is for them to work there at least three days a week: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. And some teams will be able to work remotely for up to one month a year.

But this doesn’t apply to everyone. “A number of teams have a greater need to work in person,” Cook said in Thursday’s email. And, of course, Apple retail employees have been working in person for months. Many locations don’t even require masks.

If this sounds familiar

Apple employees might want to write the return date on their calendar in pencil because the return-to-the-office deadline has been pushed back multiple times. At first, the company said it would be September. Then October. Then January. And now it’s February.

The problem is that COVID-19 won’t go away. There was a bug surge in last summer and early fall, and while cases dropped a bit in October the number of people infected by the virus is headed up again. How this will affect Apple’s plan to return to the office remains to be seen.