Google Employees to Return to Offices on April 4, Will Apple Follow?

Google today told employees that they will need to return to their physical offices starting on Monday, April 4, reports CNBC. This will apply to employees located in the Bay Area, which is where Google has a Mountain View-based main campus, along with employees in other locations around the United States.

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Santa Clara County,t where Google and Apple are located, has been lifting Covid-related restrictions as infection rates have significantly dropped, and the indoor mask mandate in the area ended today, paving the way for Google to ask workers to return.

With cases dropping and Google calling employees back to the office, there's a chance that Apple is going to follow in the near future. Apple has been eager to get employees back to 1 Infinite Loop, Apple Park, and other offices in the Bay Area, but it has had to push back return dates several times now.

Back in November, Apple told employees that it wanted them to return to their offices starting in February, but with the Omicron surge in December, Apple delayed the return indefinitely.

Apple has promised to give employees at least one month notice before they are required to go back to work, and Apple is also implementing a hybrid work schedule. Employees will be expected to be in the office three days a week, but will have the option of working from home for two days a week. Apple also plans to allow employees to work remotely for up to one month per year, giving them more time to travel and be closer to loved ones.

Over the past two years, tech company employees have become used to working from home, and there has been pushback from Apple workers who do not want to do their jobs in person, especially as the company has successfully launched products, services, and software updates with most people working remotely. Employees sent letters to Apple pleading for the ability to work from home on a permanent basis, but Apple is a proponent for in-person collaboration.

Back in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook said there are things that video conferencing is unable to replicate. "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," he said in a memo.

Like Apple, Google plans to have employees transition back to work using a hybrid schedule. Most workers will be expected to come into the office for three days a week, with two days available to work remotely. Google is also letting some employees work from home on a permanent basis.

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Top Rated Comments

The Clark Avatar
10 months ago
I'm so grateful my company is working towards a hybrid environment. I can't imagine spending 40 hours a week in an office, it isn't 1994 anymore.
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ugahairydawgs Avatar
10 months ago

I'm so grateful my company is working towards a hybrid environment. I can't imagine spending 40 hours a week in an office, it isn't 1994 anymore.
In some industries it’s still incredibly necessary. No idea in Apple’s case, but WFH = good is not one size fits all.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Clark Avatar
10 months ago

They should have been returned back to the office long time ago. The retail workers are working on site. No reason to stay home anymore.
Retail employees cannot perform their work from home. Software developers, HR, Tehnical communications etc. can and therefore will.

Not rocket science..
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adamjackson Avatar
10 months ago
I was discussing this with my wife earlier. Note, I live in a rural northern New Hampshire community where you have people who ‘work for a living’ and by that I mean build things, fix things and install things and they haven’t stopped working. Farmers and contractors are still out working and have been the whole time.

Then there are the knowledge workers (us) who can do our job from anywhere. We have friends who are saving $1000 a month on child care since the pandemic started, they aren’t getting up at 5AM to prepare 4 lunches and commute an hour into the office and leave mid-day to run errands or pickup a sick kid from school. They’re down to one-carr households and saving a lot of money in fuel And insurance And they have 2-3 extra hours per day to spend with their families.

For them, a return to office is unthinkable. It’s a time and pay cut to go back.

Me, I miss being in an office and collaborating in person and can’t wait to get back but my 14 direct reports aren’t required to be in the office. Those that do will get a more fruitful experience because we get to all socialize and brain storming on a white board in person is more fun but I don’t judge anyone who wants to stay remote Including my wife. Her entire team moved away from the area to be closer to family and they’re not moving back. The company will have to choose to fire and replace them or accept the reality.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
10 months ago
They should have been returned back to the office long time ago. The retail workers are working on site. No reason to stay home anymore.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
munpip214 Avatar
10 months ago
Not looking forward to losing all that time commuting. Hoping companies will allow hybrid or full time stay at home.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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