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Apple plans to start having employees return to its corporate offices around the world in the near future despite the fact that many other tech companies are implementing work-from-home policies through at least the end of 2020, reports Bloomberg.

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Apple plans to bring employees back to its offices in phases over the course of a few months, according to people with knowledge of the company's plans. The first phase, which encompasses staff members unable to work remotely or who are facing challenges working from home, has already begun in some regions. This phase will expand to major offices in late May and early June.

A second phase, which kicks off in July, will see even more employees returned to Apple's global offices, though Apple's plans to have employees return to work are fluid and may change based on local and state stay-at-home orders.

Starting this week, Apple managers are beginning to let employees know if they're in the first phase or a later stage of the process. During the first phase, employees will either be asked to work from the office on a regular basis or only for certain periods of time dependent on their roles.

Some of the first employees to return to work at Apple's Silicon Valley campuses could include those who focus on hardware development. According to Bloomberg, some future hardware initiatives, such as virtual reality and augmented headsets, have been dialed back in recent months due to the limitations of at-home work.

Apple has long emphasized in-person collaboration and has shied away from allowing employees to work from home, which is a factor in its approach to returning to standard working conditions. Facebook and Google have said that most employees will be able to work from home through the end of the year.

Amazon plans to allow office workers to work from home until early October, while Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey today said that some Twitter employees can work from home permanently if they choose to do so.

Some Apple employees have been working at Apple's offices throughout the pandemic to keep business critical operations running, which includes those who manage data centers, deploy software, and test hardware. As employees return to work, Apple will implement temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing.

In addition to planning for corporate employees to turn to work, Apple has begun opening up some of its Apple Stores. In the United States, retail locations in South Carolina, Alabama, Alaska, and Idaho are reopening this week, and all stores in Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and South Korea have been reopened.

Article Link: Apple Planning for Employees to Return to Corporate Offices Soon
 

Sasparilla

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>> despite the fact that many other tech companies are implementing work-from-home policies through at least the end of 2020 <<

I had to chuckle a bit at this. Apple at its core is a product company, they design, build, sell mostly physical things. Much of the rest of the tech world is mostly just software. Guessing it's harder to do real products from home. JMHO...
 

Saipher

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Companies should look into letting employees who can, and are willing to, permanently work from home, specially in areas where traffic is terrible like the SF Bay Area and LA. So much time and gas are wasted while sitting in traffic, plus all the stress and accidents it causes, it all could be avoided if more people just worked from home.
 

MN7119

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Apple understands that this is a pandemic situation that can be controlled through education and precautions. Not like many Governors that turned this into a scamdemic instilling fear and panic into the population using baseless data that the world was going to end if they didn't lockdown everyone at home. Look at Sweden and maybe we can all learn something from them.
 

Osxguy

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Woot. for being “an eco” minded company this kinda goes against that. If you live in the Bay Area you have sat in the hour to two hour commute up 280 from downtown San Jose mostly because of the mother ship’s... I wont be sitting in any public transit soon, and am curios how many would want to sit in an apple bus... Traffic once this over has Been forecasted to double.
 

Rocko99991

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Companies should look into letting employees who can, and are willing to, permanently work from home, specially in areas where traffic is terrible like the SF Bay Area and LA. So much time and gas are wasted while sitting in traffic, plus all the stress and accidents it causes, it all could be avoided if more people just worked from home.
How do you know they are not looking into this already?
 

B4U

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>> despite the fact that many other tech companies are implementing work-from-home policies through at least the end of 2020 <<

I had to chuckle a bit at this. Apple at its core is a product company, they design, build, sell mostly physical things. Much of the rest of the tech world is mostly just software. Guessing it's harder to do real products from home. JMHO...
What if I tell you that the automakers are having their employees work from home now?
Pretty sure vehicles are more physical than Apple's products.
 

planteater

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Apple understands that this is a pandemic situation that can be controlled through education and precautions. Not like many Governors that turned this into a scamdemic instilling fear and panic into the population using baseless data that the world was going to end if they didn't lockdown everyone at home. Look at Sweden and maybe we can all learn something from them.
A rational voice in the wilderness. Thank you.

I trust Apple to evaluate, monitor, and adjust as necessary. A true leader
 

tyranne201

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The mothership will be beaconing you all to return soon!

This will mark a HUGE moment within California once employees return to Apple Campus 2.

??? this will mark nothing. just a bunch of people returning to work and eventually some will get infected. When another wave hits, they will need to send people home again.

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Apple understands that this is a pandemic situation that can be controlled through education and precautions. Not like many Governors that turned this into a scamdemic instilling fear and panic into the population using baseless data that the world was going to end if they didn't lockdown everyone at home. Look at Sweden and maybe we can all learn something from them.

Sweden? The country with the highest death rate in the Scandinavia? I think THEY need to learn something from the rest of the world.
 
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Baymowe335

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The US could learn how to get a 30% higher mortality rate from a 30% lower infection rate, I suppose...

California, I guess, could learn to increase their infection rate by 150% and their mortality rate by 470%...
Too many factors to just throw out raw percentages...very different countries.

Sweden is doing better than New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

Besides, the data I see shows 24 deaths per 100,000 in the US and 32 per 100,000 in Sweden. That’s in the ballpark and very low either way. Many are from nursing homes, which should be locked down...but not everyone.

Also, Sweden might be far ahead in this game and might be basically completely out of the woods while we are cowering at home in a ruined economy.
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??? this will mark nothing. just a bunch of people returning to work and eventually some will get infected. When another wave hits, they will need to send people home again.

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Sweden? The country with the highest death rate in the Scandinavia? I think THEY need to learn something from the rest of the world.
Remember, story isn’t over. Other countries will likely “catch up” to Sweden in the longer term. Sweden is getting their infections out of the way early.

The virus doesn’t kill completely healthy people and has almost no impact on anyone under 20. These are 2 important facts based on data.

But yeah, keep reading the headlines and not understanding the details behind “80,000 now dead and many more if we don’t do xxxxxx.”
 
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