As per the report, Cupertino-based tech giant will be offering its employees the choice to take a nasal-swab test to check if they have the disease. Like most other companies, the iPhone-maker will make wearing masks and temperature checks mandatory, said the report citing people who are familiar with the matter.
As part of other changes, the company headquarters in Silicon Valley now not only has closed break-room kitchens but also restricted the number of people to take an elevator together to two. The report further claims that since the Cupertino campus has multiple open floor work areas where people used to work together, the company may have to make some changes so that the rest of the Apple staff can also come back to work.
As of now, while most Apple employees are working from home, some are going to the campus “a few days a week.” This includes some members of the company’s executive team, said the report.
“Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s head of retail and human resources, for example, sent her most recent video update to staff from Apple Park,” added the report.
This move by Apple is probably the part of Apple’s plan of bringing back employees to offices in a phased manner that was revealed in a previous report by Bloomberg. As part of the first phase, it was reported that Apple will bring back employees who are unable to work remotely or are facing challenges working from home. In the second phase — that is expected to start in July — even more Apple employees are likely to start working from offices. However, this timeline is prone to changes as and when orders are given from local and state governments, said the people who are familiar with the matter, claims Bloomberg.