As the number of new COVID-19 cases reported per day begins to dwindle, a number of businesses are asking the same question. Should we require that employees return to the office? Large companies like Twitter and Facebook have moved to allow their employees to work from home permanently. Meanwhile, companies like Apple have chosen to do the opposite. This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that employees must return to the office three days per week by September.
“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,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an email to company employees.
“Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”
According to The Verge, the majority of employees must return to the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some employees will even have to return to work four and five days per week. Furthermore, new hires will have the option to work from home two weeks out of the year.