On Thursday Apple told employees that work from home procedures will stay in place until the re-opening of Apple Stores. In a memo to employees obtained by Bloomberg, Apple’s Senior VP of Retail and People Deidre O’Brien say that Apple Stores will remain closed until early May.
“flexible work arrangements will remain n place for all offices, and all retail will remain closed, until early May.”
She added on that Apple was monitoring local conditions for all of its retail stores around the world on a daily basis, and will follow the best advice and guidance from local government and public health experts.
O’Brien added that Apple hopes employees can be open about the challenges they are facing at home. Adding that they understand “many parents are balancing homeschooling with working” and that the company is trying to be flexible with their work schedule “as needed.”
Apple originally closed stores in the US in early March as cases began to rise up, a few days later it shut down all retail stores around the world following a public letter by Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing the implementation of “work-from-home procedures.”
COVID-19 is placing pressure on Apple, a company that has a legacy of secrecy is facing new issues as employees are having to work on projects from home instead of at a secure facility at Apple Park. It’s also complicated product releases. Without any stores open around the world, Apple has had to resort to digital means of releases.