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Tim Cook announces plans for return of Apple employees

Apple wants it employees to return to its offices by September.

The company has allowed its employees to work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, but in a memo sent to staff, Apple boss Tim Cook has informed workers that they'll soon be expected to return for at least three days a week.

In the document, which has been seen by The Verge, Cook explained: "For all that we've been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other.

"Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate."

Cook admitted he's missed the communal atmosphere that exists in offices.

And the Apple boss can't wait for his employees to return to their regular working environments.

He said: "I know I'm not alone in missing the hum of activity, the energy, creativity and collaboration of our in-person meetings and the sense of community we've all built."

Google has also recently confirmed plans to get more people back into its US offices.

The tech giant has already allowed workers to return to their offices voluntarily, but its current work-from-home plans are due to end in September.

Looking forward to the switch, Fiona Cicconi, Google's head of people operations, previously conceded: "It's now been a year since many of us have been working from home, and the thought of returning to the office might inspire different emotions."

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