Apple is giving remote working a try as it attempts to control coronavirus
What you need to know
- Apple is doing its bit to try and halt the spread of coronavirus.
- It already told Apple Park employees to stay home.
- Now it's encouraging people around the globe to do the same where possible.
Following the news that Apple told Apple Park employees to work from home where possible, Tim Cook has now told worldwide employees to do the same. Apple is allowing people to work remotely in an effort to help prevent coronavirus spreading,
Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees at Apple's international offices to "please feel free to work remotely if your job allows" according to a Bloomberg report.
Apple is also set to try and "reduce human density" as it cuts the number of people attending stores for tech support and training.
Cook also noted that hourly workers would continue to receive pay if they're at an office that has closed.
While Apple confirmed the memo to Bloomberg, Jon Prosser appears to have managed to get his hands on it in its entirety. We can't confirm it's validity, but it does match up with Bloomberg's reporting.
As originally reported by @markgurman, Tim Cook sent a memo to employees telling them they can work from home this week. Calls Coronavirus situation “challenging” and “unprecedented”.
Thanks to one of my sources, here’s the full memo, dated 3/07/2020: pic.twitter.com/cp2zcmkqQdAs originally reported by @markgurman, Tim Cook sent a memo to employees telling them they can work from home this week. Calls Coronavirus situation “challenging” and “unprecedented”.
Thanks to one of my sources, here’s the full memo, dated 3/07/2020: pic.twitter.com/cp2zcmkqQd— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) March 8, 2020March 8, 2020
Apple and other tech companies continue to take steps to try and get the coronavirus outbreak under control, as does its international partners.
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