Companies around Silicon Valley are reconsidering their work from home strategies amid thepandemic, telling employees they can work remotely after the crisis subsides. Apple is 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 didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple’s plans to bring employees back to its offices come as governments continue grapple with how to return to normal life amid the continued outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, which has so far 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. Twitter has offered to allow for some employees permanently.
Like most tech giants, Apple’s known for its focus on in-office work. It famously hasunder development, and strictly controls which employees can focus test upcoming releases outside the office. Other companies though appear willing to reconsider that approach.
The crisis has also led companies, including Apple, to change their leave policies tofor during school closures and caregivers helping older or sick loved ones.
Apple’s plans to reopen its offices come as the companyin Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and South Carolina this week. The company’s instituted social distancing measures in the stores, and said it’ll plan more reopenings based on government guidance and local health data. Apple’s been while the stores have been closed.
Not everything at Apple will return to normal this year. The company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, will bewhen it starts on June 22. Previously, Apple’s held its conference in San Jose.