Apple is enticing its U.S. employees to return to China by offering a $500 daily bonus and accommodations at luxury hotels. But there’s a small catch called quarantine.
Apple Bribes Staff With $500 Daily Bonus For China Travel
China, at least according to the state media, has largely controlled COVID-19. In fact, the number of daily cases in world’s most populous nation are reported to be about 1/4 of the daily cases in Santa Clara County alone, the site of Apple headquarters.
After a temporary moratorium on travel, Apple resumed in-factory visits over the summer and has ramped up travel this autumn.
But it’s not a vacation. Quick 10-day trips are a thing of the past. Staff must now stay for “at least” six weeks according to Apple Insider. One reason is because every incoming traveler is required to quarantine for 14-days to begin the journey.
And while Apple typically places its staff at Marriott or Park Hyatt hotels, the two-week quarantine is a bit rougher. Upon arrival in Shanghai, staff are screened for COVID-19 then bussed to a quarantine hotel arranged by Chinese authorities, not Apple. These are “budget” accommodations that you might also call prison. Forget restaurant delivery or laundry. Instead, you’ll be eating airline food catered by China Eastern and be forced to wash your laundry in your own bathtub. Don’t even think about VPNs…
But at least you’re making $500/day, which are pretty good prison wages compared to the USA.
I’ll admit it…I want to work for Apple. And I want to travel for Apple. Where do I sign up? In all seriousness, money (for better or for worse) makes a lot of problems go away. Apple already seems to take care of employees well and this extra consideration seems like a generous bonus for an all-expense paid work trip.
(H/T: C Boarding Group)