Apple employees to return to in-office work in February 2022

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Apple has told its corporate employees that they should expect to return to in-office work by Feb. 1, 2022, according to an internal company memo.

In a memo penned by Apple CEO Tim Cook and sent to staffers Thursday, Apple plans to have corporate workers return to a hybrid work model that would see staff work at Apple campuses and offices for one or two days a week.

After the initial hybrid work model adoption in February, Apple employees will be expected to work in-office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays while working from home on Wednesdays and Fridays, according to The Information, which obtained the memo.

Additionally, Apple says that it plans to allow employees to work remotely for up to one month per year to provide "more opportunity to travel, be closer to your loved ones, or simply shake up your routines." That's longer than the two-week remote work option announced earlier in 2021.

According to the memo, the hybrid work model will not apply to departments and teams that have a "greater need to work in-person."

Apple has been planning a return to in-person work for months now, but has had to delay the plan because of coronavirus conditions.

Some Apple employees have pushed for permanent flexible or remote work options. Apple, however, appears unswayed by those requests.

"We believe that in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and our future. If we take a moment to reflect on our unbelievable product launches this past year, the products and the launch execution were built upon the base of years of work that we did when we were all together in-person," said Apple's retail and people chief Deirdre O'Brien earlier in 2021.