Apple corporate employees are slowly starting to return to office work

After a more than two-year “work” from home policy that Apple implemented in March 2020 in response to COVID-19, Apple corporate employees are finally starting, albeit tentatively and after many delays, to return to office work.

Apple Park in Cupertino, California

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

Last month, employees at venues like Apple Park and Infinite Loop were given an April 11 deadline to return to work in person.

Throughout the global health crisis, Apple has made it clear that employees should eventually return to working and collaborating in person.

“Despite all that we have been able to accomplish while many of us have been separated, the truth is that we have been missing something essential over the past year: each other,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees in June 2021. “Video conferencing has closed the distance between us, sure, but there are things it just can’t replicate.

Apple employees are currently required to work from the office at least one day a week by April 11, at least two days a week by May 2, and at least three days a week by May 23. may.

When the three-day work-in-office policy is enacted on May 23, employees will be required to be in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with most able to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Taken from MacDailyNews: So, let’s face it, the amount of “work” that will be done on Friday is pretty much nil. Therefore, employees of Apple companies have an implied four-day work week. Expect less to do than during the pre-COVID panic days – it’s practically guaranteed (pun intended) – until the job market eases and companies can again demand that employees work a full work week.

As we’ve written many times before throughout these endless back-to-work delays:

At some point, an Apple employee, likely an older person who unfortunately has multiple comorbidities — perhaps a smoker, asthma sufferer, overweight, or other risk factors — will most likely contract COVID-19 and die. A lawyer will be enlisted to attempt to sue Apple over this. This sad scenario is practically inevitable. Return to work delays added to return to work delays only kicked the inevitable down the road; a waste of time.

In general, coronaviruses transmissible to humans do not disappear. Zero-COVID does not exist.

COVID-19 is here to stay. It will most likely become endemic, but will pose less of a threat over time. People will acquire immunity via vaccines (TBD efficacy) and naturally as they contract and recover from the variants since partially effective vaccines allow not only transmissibility but also breakthrough infections. Influenza and the four human coronaviruses that cause the common cold (OC43, 229E, NL63 and HKU1) are, of course, also endemic, but a combination of annual flu shots and acquired immunity means that healthy societies tolerate inevitable seasonal deaths and the illnesses they bring without requiring lockdowns, masks, social distancing, indefinite delays in returning to work, etc.

When, if ever, will some people decide to waste their short lives in abject fear of a bad flu (which has now turned into a bad cold, if so), most likely engineered by China and partially funded by the US National Institutes of Health, is a hysterical overreaction self-destructive?

Adam Gopnik was writing about a different ‘disaster’ but, for over 2 years of ‘two weeks to slow the spread’, his words from August 2011 are rather interesting reading here is April 2022 and something to keep in mind mind as you consume “news” media:

[T]The relentless note of incipient hysteria, the invitation to panic, the unsubstantiated scenarios – the overwhelming, underlying desire for something really terrible to happen so you can have something really hot to tell – was always surprising. We call the unimaginable disasters, but all we do is imagine such things…

This, we could conclude with bite, is the real soundtrack of our time: the amplification of the evidence towards the creation of a paralyzing and preventive paranoia. The real goal is not to make you do anything, but to scare you so much that all you can do is keep the TV or radio on. It’s obvious, and yet there is something really useful, really instructive, in reliving it after a month of absence and silence. Two things that should be apparent all the time become briefly clear to you again. First, that the media, television in particular, are amplifying devices in which tiny nuclei of information become vast and terrifying structures of speculation. The information industry is one in which a minimum of information is really given to the company.

And second, that the reasons are essentially non-ideological; frightened people need information to reassure themselves, and want to have a more intense experience by being even more frightened, and the profession in which people who provide fear are (which we do also, of course) is not is not really that of disseminating information but of bringing together enough listeners or readers, preferably still caught up in the same spirit of gullible listening, to propose to advertisers or continue to subscribe. —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, August 28, 2011

Like we wrote rather presciently at the start of March 9, 2020: The real virus is panic.

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Jose C. Birney