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Apple Flag Office Staff Return, Google No Rush

Apple staff have reportedly been advised to prepare a return to  major global offices as soon as late this month, contrasting other tech behemoths like Google whose more relaxed work-from-home policies could persist until the end of 2020 amid coronavirus.

According to people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg sources claim Apple has planned to start bringing back employees to major global offices from late May and June in a phased approach – including its main Apple Park campus in Silicon Valley.

The second phase of the expansion is tipped to start in July, which would see even more staff return to worldwide offices.

Bloomberg claims senior Apple managers have started informing staff whether they are in the first phase, or later stages of the ‘return to office’ process.

Apple’s process is said to be notably different than other tech giants, as the company is known to focus on in-person hardware development meetings.

Alphabet’s Google has reportedly said many staff can work from home for the rest of the year, with Amazon said to invite employees back after October. Twitter has reportedly said select staff could work from home indefinitely if wanted.

The news comes after Apple Australia re-opened 21 of its stores last week. Customers are being advised to book appointments online rather than ‘drop-in’ to avoid queues from in-store maximum customer limits.

Like its store, Apple office staffers may be subject to temperature checks and social distancing.

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