Apple expects to see its employees in the office for three days a week from September.
CEO Tim Cook announced the change in an email sent to staff on Wednesday, seen by The Verge. Most employees would be expected to come in on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and it would be up to them whether they work from home on Wednesdays and Fridays, Cook said.
Video calls from home “simply cannot replicate” some aspects of office life, he said.
“For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” Cook wrote, per The Verge.
“Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate,” he added.
Cook also said employees could fully work from home for two weeks of their choosing each year. This could be “to be closer to family and loved ones, find a change of scenery, manage unexpected travel, or a different reason all your own,” Cook said.
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SOURCE: Business Insider, Isobel Asher Hamilton