Apple defers office reopening, gives each worker $1,000 bonus

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As Covid cases rise globally as well as in the US, Apple has indefinitely delayed the return-to-office date, announcing that each employee will be given $1,000 for “work-from-home” needs, the media reported on Thursday.

NBC News’ Zoe Schiffer tweeted that Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent an email to staff, saying the return-to-work date is “yet to be determined”.

Cook also announced that Apple would be giving all employees $1,000 that can be used for “work-from-home needs”.

“Tim Cook just sent out an email delaying Apple’s return to work to a date ‘yet to be determined. He also said the company is giving every corporate employee $1,000 to spend on home office equipment,” Schiffer said in her tweet.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the $1,000 bonus to The Verge and says it will apply to every employee, including retail workers.

The tech giant had set February 1, 2022, as the return date to the office for its employees worldwide, as the tech giant prepares for a hybrid workplace in 2022.

The delay comes as Covid-19 cases are rising amid the spread of the new Omicron variant.

Apple has also closed three retail stores this week in response to the growing resurgence.

The company last week shut one of its retail stores in Texas after at least four of its staff members were found Covid-19 positive, the media reported.

According to NBC News, the Apple store in Southlake, Texas, was closed following an outbreak of positive Covid cases among staff members.

An Apple spokesperson was quoted as saying that the company has prioritized the health and well-being of customers and employees since the early days of the pandemic.

Apple reopened all of its 270 retail stores in the US last year. It was on March 13, 2020, when Apple closed all of its retail stores outside of Greater China.

Apple had earlier delayed its return to the office until at least January 2022, as the US witnessed a surge in cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19.

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