Apple continues to tweak its formula when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, especially as it relates to its physical retail stores, corporate headquarters, and employees. However, the company also continues to avoid doing one thing in particular, even as many people out there in the wild suggest it should. And that would be make an actual mandate for vaccinations against COVID-19.
While Apple is more than willing to enact mask mandates for its physical retail stores, both for employees and customers, it's not quite ready to make the same effort with vaccinations against COVID-19. However, the company continues to urge employees to get vaccinated. And apparently the company is launching its biggest campaign to push that message.
Due to COVID, Apple has informed its stay-at-home employees that it's delaying its planned return to in-person office work from October of this year to at least February of next year.
While Apple has set its sights high when it comes to returning to a sense of normalcy in some areas, it may be grasping at straws for its physical retail spaces. At least in some markets. As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread, there is still a risk of spread and infection. Just as some staff at one Apple Store discovered.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is forcing a lot of changes, especially as the Delta variant spreads. While there was a point where it seemed like things might be going back to "normal," that's not so much the case anymore. It was just yesterday that Apple planned to welcome back in-person "Today at Apple" sessions at its physical retail stores in the United States and Europe, but it turns out that won't be happening after all.
Apple has had to make a lot of changes for its physical storefronts all across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic. That included axing in-person "Today at Apple" sessions. And while that left the company to launch online options, obviously going back to "normal" would be ideal. The company does love the in-person vibe after all.
The first Apple store was scheduled to open in Mumbai later this year, but has now been officially delayed because of the current Covid-19 pandemic and public health situation.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, Apple (and other companies) has had to shift tactics in an effort to keep shoppers and employees alike safe. To that end, the company has made a decision that will go into effect this week, and, as it stands, does not have an end date.
Work forces are starting to find some semblance of normalcy in mid-2021, following more than a year of mostly working from home situations. But, while returning to work is in the cards for many employees, there are others who believe that staying home --especially in light of the current pandemic not going anywhere-- is in their best interest.
In early June, Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, confirmed that the company's plans to have people back in the office were moving forward. Namely, the company would be leaning into a "hybrid" work-from-home and in the office experience for its corporate employees. But, even with this newfound flexibility, some employees aren't thrilled.
Apple considers in-person work part of the experience. Part of the company culture at a very basic level. But working from home has become the go-to option for many companies and people, a forced result of the global pandemic. So plans had to change, and they keep changing.
The coronavirus pandemic is not over. However, its impact in some parts of the world is starting to lessen. As a result, some companies are looking ahead to when employees will be able to make the return back to the office.