Apple has told employees that they are expected to return to the office three days a week starting September 5, according to internal emails it has seen. the edge. it was the news mentioned for the first time before Bloomberg.
All employees in the Bay Area are expected to attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as a third day each week to be determined based on individual teams. Employees have the option to work remotely twice a week.
This news marked the beginning of Apple’s much-delayed hybrid business model, which was announced in June 2021. The announcement set off a flurry of activity within the company as employees protested the return to work. Those protests faded as Apple continued to delay its hybrid business model due to the pandemic.
CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi sent memos to employees, which we’ve listed below.
Note from Tim Cook
The first regression phase of our Hybrid Work Program was a great opportunity to meet and reconnect with our teams and meet new colleagues in person. This has been a transformation for many of us as we have managed to change case rates in many parts of the world so thank you for your teamwork and professionalism as we move forward.
I am writing to you today with two updates, one about the changes we are making to our hybrid pilot and one about its timing.
When we announced the beta program a year ago, we said it would be a learning experience for all of us. And we committed ourselves to adapting along the way to create a resilient environment that enables our teams to thrive. Based on the comments and insights we received from you and your manager, we are making the following adjustment:
Teams participating in the pilot program will come to the office three days each week with Tuesdays and Thursdays as designated days across the company, but the third day you come in will be determined by your teams. Each team will work on deciding what day is right for them, and you’ll hear from your leaders soon enough. As before, many employees will have the option to work remotely two days a week. Depending on your role, you will also have the option to work remotely for up to four weeks per year.
We are excited to move forward with the pilot program and believe that this revised framework will enhance our ability to operate flexibly, while maintaining the personal collaboration that is so essential to our culture. We also know we still have a lot to learn. We are committed to listening, adapting and growing together in the coming weeks and months.
In terms of timing, many locations around the world are in different phases and you’ll hear more details soon. For Santa Clara Valley, we plan to start the new modified beta with all employees in the office for three days starting the week of September 5th.
In the near term, we will continue to deal with the epidemic together as the situation evolves. We are monitoring the data closely and will continue to receive updates on health and safety protocols for your location as necessary from the COVID-19 response team. In the meantime, it’s encouraging that children under five are now eligible for vaccination in many countries, and I urge anyone able to get a vaccine or a booster to do so if they haven’t already.
As we continue this journey, I want to express how grateful I am for everything you do. I have never been more excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, the impact we can have on the lives we touch, and the outstanding team that makes it all possible. I look forward to working with you to create a resilient environment at Apple where together we can make an even greater difference in the lives of our users around the world.
Note from Craig Federighi
This afternoon Tim sent a note to team members across Apple about our hybrid beta program and back to office plans and wanted to follow up on how this news will affect our team.
First, thank you very much. The past few years have presented some real challenges for what we all do, and I appreciate your passion and commitment to creating delightful, amazing, high-quality software for our customers and developers around the world.
After years of forgetting (and a few false starts), this is already happening: The week of September 5th marks the real start of our working hybrid pilot in the Santa Clary Valley – and I personally can’t wait to experience the special energy of having all of us back in the office together again! Note: For all other locations, resumption dates may vary based on current COVID-19 conditions around the world. You can expect to receive location-specific communications shortly from the Covid-19 response team with timing details for your location.
As you read in Tim’s note, we are adjusting the beta so that our three days in the office include two days where we all work together in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays (company-wide days), plus an additional day in the office the day your team chooses, prioritizing collaboration with Your direct co-workers. Over the next week, please share your opinion of your team’s third day in the office with your manager. This will help them determine which day works best for the team as a whole.
Needless to say, this next phase is a beta phase, so the only thing we can be sure of is that we’ll learn a lot in the coming months.
I’m excited for this next chapter and all that lies ahead.
see you soon!