Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees Thursday that the company is pushing back its return to office plan until February, according to an internal email.
Cook said employees will be asked to come in one to two days a week for the first month. In March, it will implement its hybrid work plan, in which the majority of workers will be asked to come in Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The company is also increasing the amount of time employees can work remotely to four weeks per year.
In June, Cook announced that employees would be asked to return to in-person work three days a week starting in early September. The news sparked significant pushback internally, with thousands of employees joining a Slack channel to discuss remote work advocacy.
That plan was pushed to January due to the rise of the delta variant, quieting employees who were concerned about returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Cook said employees whose work requires them to come into the office more frequently will be asked to return four to five days a week. He encouraged all staff members to get vaccinated. So far, the company has stopped short of implementing a vaccine mandate.
Apple declined to comment beyond the memo.
Apple’s hybrid work plan is a significant shift for the tech giant, which historically discouraged working from home. But it’s still more conservative than plans announced at Facebook and Twitter, which have embraced fully remote working models.
Some parts of the United States are still dealing with major Covid-19 outbreaks. While waves that hit the Southeast have passed, parts of New England are dealing with rising case numbers and hospitalizations. In early November, hospitals in Colorado had to turn some patients away due to a Covid surge.
Cook’s full memo can be read below:
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