Apple CEO Tim Cook is now offering and encouraging employees if the company’s global offices to conduct remote work for the week. This is a bid to avoid human density and risk coronavirus spread within the Apple offices.
According to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg, Cook offered employees of several offices to “please feel free to work remotely if your job allows” for the week of March 9th. Previously, Apple had encouraged its employees working out of office in California and Seattle to take appropriate measures and work remotely. However, this new memo now extends to company offices in Japan, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, and France.
In addition, Cook is hoping to take appropriate measures to ensure staff remaining at the offices are working within a healthy environment. This includes reducing human density to “ensure those teams that are on-site can do their work safely and with peace of mind.”
Apple Stores will also be implementing new policies to “maximize interpersonal space and continuing, enhanced deep cleanings,” according to Cook’s memo. This will result in lower participating occupancy during Apple classes within the stores.
Microsoft, Box, Google, and Twitter have also been adamant about letting its employees work remotely as the tech industry continues to evaluate the spread of coronavirus around the world.