Apple, like many tech companies, has embraced telecommuting as something common, so common that despite loosening lockdowns, since the company doesn’t plan to do so until the middle of next year, The Apple Park offices are filling up again.
According to Bloomberg, Tim Cook made the announcement during an online event he hosted with Apple Park employees a few days ago, where he assures that although there is no replacement for face-to-face collaboration
There’s no substitute for face-to-face collaboration, but we’ve also learned a lot about how we can get our jobs done outside of the office without sacrificing productivity or results. All of these learnings are important. When we are on the other side of this pandemic, we will preserve all that is great about Apple while incorporating the best of our transformations this year.
In addition, he also stated that it is very likely that most Apple computers will return to work in person in June 2021, thus confirming that Apple Park will remain virtually empty as it has been for almost 9 months. Tim Cook said in an interview a few days ago that Apple Park is currently at 15% capacity.
Tim Cook took advantage of this virtual meeting which, due to the challenges of the past few months, will receive additional paid leave on January 4th. After Apple’s investment in Apple Park It seems unlikely that he intends to encourage telecommuting, as if other companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google do.
This allows many workers currently living in and around San Francisco move to areas where rent is cheaper and where the standard of living is much calmer and calmer, despite having to spend most of the day in front of him with video conferences.