Apple Prepares Office Staff for Hybrid Workweek

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, in an email to staff, notified office employees of the company’s back-to-office plans.



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Apple Inc.

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is telling office staff to prepare to return to the workplace at least most of the time, joining the growing pool of companies adopting hybrid work.

Apple Chief Executive

Tim Cook,

in an email to staff, told office employees that they are expected to return to their workspace three days a week starting in September. The iPhone maker said it wants most office workers to show up Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the option to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Technology news outlet The Verge earlier reported the back-to-office plans.

Apple already has gradually been reopening its retail stores around the world. In March, all of its 270 U.S. retail outlets welcomed back shoppers. In his note to employees, Mr. Cook said all stores in other markets would open their doors again by the end of the month.

Companies across industries are adopting plans to go back to the office, but many offering staff greater flexibility than pre-pandemic.

Technology rival

Alphabet Inc.’s

Google last month notified employees of its hybrid work plans, with employees going into an office three days a week and some likely to work remotely permanently.

Microsoft Corp.

in March said it was welcoming employees back to its headquarters, while offering them the ability to work from the office or home.

Hybrid-work arrangements are becoming not just a way of working for some companies, but in several cases a business opportunity, fueling appetite for tools and equipment to facilitate having some employees in the office while others work remotely.

Zoom Video Communications Inc.

this week reported surging sales for some of the tools it offers to facilitate hybrid work.

Not all companies are ready to embrace hybrid work. JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive

Jamie Dimon

said at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit last month that “We want people back at work and my view is some time in September, October, it will look just like it did before.”

Some other companies aren’t pushing employees to go back to the office at all.

Spotify Technology SA

in February adopted a “Work from Anywhere” model letting employees choose whether they want to return to an office, work from home or somewhere in between. And business-software provider

Salesforce.com Inc.

told employees they could choose if they wanted to return to the office again. “The 9-to-5 workday is dead”

Brent Hyder,

Salesforce’s chief people officer said in a blog post earlier this year.

Plexiglass dividers and floor decals might not be permanent, but the pandemic will bring lasting change to offices. Experts from the architecture and real-estate industries share how they are getting back to work and what offices will look like in the future. Photo: Cesare Salerno for The Wall Street Journal (Video from 7/30/20)

Write to Aaron Tilley at aaron.tilley@wsj.com

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Appeared in the June 4, 2021, print edition as ‘Apple Maps Out Its Return To Offices.’

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