Apple is reportedly preparing to implement a hybrid telework policy for its in-store retail employees. According to Bloomberg, this planned trial will initially occur with a limited number of staffers before being expanded over time.
“People with knowledge of the matter” told the news outlet that the proposed “Retail Flex” pilot includes the option for workers to complete full-week slates either remotely or at their in-store location. According to those sources, remote opportunities will first be available for roles pertaining to online sales, customer service and tech support. The report indicated that those workers would still be required to shift between physical and remote work, depending on demand. Apple will reportedly reimburse the employees for “some Internet expenses” and office equipment. Staff members will make the same salary.
Apple is reportedly requesting participants to commit for a six-month period, with plans to “ramp up” plans starting in the Fall as new-gen models of iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and AirPod devices roll out.
This trend toward a work-from-home option, Bloomberg noted, comes at a time when organizations that experienced increased online sales during the height of COVID-19 are choosing to continue this policy despite growing opportunity to conduct physical commerce.
The rumor also comes just weeks after the iPhone maker officially reopened its brick-and-mortar locations following pandemic-related closing.
An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the report.