Roy Gilbert

Apple adds 2-week work-from-anywhere benefit to hybrid office return—will it catch on?

Apple will have employees return to office buildings three days a week, with the option to work remotely twice a week, beginning in September, the Verge reports .

In a letter to employees this week, CEO Tim Cook outlined plans to have workers back in the office by fall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and those with manager approval can work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Some teams that require in-person work will be onsite four to five days a week. Rigid work schedules could lead people to quit

The tech giant’s new remote-work policies are more rigid than some of its biggest competitors.

Microsoft employees have been notified they can continue to work from home half the time , or full-time with manager approval. Last summer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg estimated half of the organization will continue to work remotely over the next five to 10 years . Meanwhile, Twitter continues to stand out for its May 2020 announcement that employees can work from home “forever.”

Kate Lister, president of the research and consulting firm Global Workplace Analytics , says Apple’s announcement specifying in-office and remote days strikes her as “a bit odd, not in terms of the frequency of remote work, but in the fact that they are specifying the in-office days as Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday on a companywide basis.”

Google also recently announced plans to bring employees together three times a week, but leaves it to teams to decide on which days, and says up to 20% […]