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Amid the global outbreak of COVID-19, top major companies have directed their employees to work from home. American technology giant, Apple, has also asked its employees to stay indoor as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Apple on March 6 suggested its employees on the California campuses to work from home as an "extra precaution" eve as new coronavirus cases spread on the west coast in the US, especially Seattle area.
But the Apple's security restrictions, strict guidelines and secrecy around its products have left several employees in the lurch. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Apple workers at home realise that slow home network speeds and confusing security restrictions are impacting their ability to work effectively. Software developers who were sent home have been complaining about what work they are allowed to perform remotely.
Another report on AppleInsider claims that Apple's own internal networking and infrastructure is built to keep outsiders from breaking in, and this seems to include employees as well. As Apple adjusts its security guidelines, some employees still show up to the office to work as hardware cannot be removed from Apple Park. "It's all about lowering the density," at Apple Park, one employee was quoted as saying.
In an updated statement, Tim Cook said that all of Apple offices are moving to flexible work arrangements worldwide outside of Greater China.
"That means team members should work remotely if their job allows, and those whose work requires them to be on-site should follow guidance to maximize interpersonal space," he added. "Extensive, deep cleaning will continue at all sites. In all our offices, we are rolling out new health screenings and temperature checks," said Cook.