Google, Apple, and Twitter are some of the big tech companies that want their remote employees back in the office. The companies are establishing back-to-work policies to have all their employees working at the office at least one day a week.
While the past two years, companies encouraged remote work to prevent spreading COVID-19, now most of them want their employees back at the office. Big tech companies are demanding that employees come into the office at least some time.
Last week, Tim Cook, Apple CEO, established that starting April 11, Apple employees will be required to work from the office at least one day a week. Then, starting April 23, the requirement will increase to three days a week.
“For many of you, I know that returning to the office represents a long-awaited milestone and a positive sign that we can engage more fully with the colleagues who play such an important role in our lives. For others, it may also be an unsettling change.”
As of April 4, Google will require its employees to work from the office at least three days per week. The company will provide avenues for a remote work extension, locations switch or will consider petitions to continue working remotely in some cases.
Additionally, the tech giant is no longer mandating vaccines for its in-office employees in the US, and there are no mask mandates or testing requirements for vaccinated employees.
Despite encouraging employees to come back to the office, Twitter still offers them the freedom to choose. The company announced that offices will reopen on March 15, but workers can decide how to work. This means Twitter employees can remain remote, work a couple of days in the offices, or work fully from the office.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said in a letter to employees:
“Wherever you feel most productive and creative is where you will work, and that includes working from home full-time forever. Office every day? That works too. Some days in office, some days from home? Of course.”