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Apple has once again delayed its return to the workplace (this time to Feb. 1), but I think it will be forced to delay the return schedule yet another time.

What has Apple done?

Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees he expects them to begin a phased return to the office as of Feb. 1, 2022. Apple eventually wants its staff to be in the office three days a week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. It sees this as an ongoing experiment in the adoption of the hybrid working practices which have bought the company such huge benefit this year.

I’m pleased to see Apple is also increasing the amount of additional time staff can work remotely up from two weeks to four weeks per year. There are exceptions: some personnel are always required on site, and some pushback against the proposals exists.

The company had previously pencilled in a return to work for June 2021, then September 2021 and most recently, January 2022.

And while Apple hasn’t yet insisted that vaccines be mandatory, it is encouraging its people to get vaccinated.

We will ‘adjust our approach’ — Apple

“We recognize the situation with the pandemic is dynamic and are prepared to adjust our timing, approach, and protocols — such as masking, distancing, vaccination requirements, and other measures — as necessary based on local conditions,” a memo from Cook said.

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