Apple Inc. is known for its innovative products but now it has come up with a new work style innovation. Now, the employees at Apple’s new head quarters, Apple Park, are being issued a standing desk and they will have to stand as well sit alternatively while doing their work.
In a recent interview with Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said, “We have given all of our employees, 100%, standing desks. If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it’s much better for your lifestyle.” He also cited doctors who believe that “sitting is the new cancer”. As per a report, the standing desk is accompanied with desk chairs made by Vitara. Other than this, the common areas and cafes at Apple Park include dotted chairs designed by Nauto Fukasawa along with custom made tables which are 18-foot long oak slabs.
In the previous year, Apple unveiled its highly anticipated new campus, the Apple Park. The campus, which was designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, covers 2.8 million square feet and accommodates 12,000 employees. According to Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone, Apple’s new spaceship-like campus is supposed to have cost as much as $5 billion. That is almost, $1,785 per square foot and $12.40 per square inch! In conversation with Mercury News, Stone stated that the cost discrepancy could be attributed to misunderstandings about building permits and not fully accounting for labor costs. In September 2016, the Assessor’s Office estimated that the Apple spaceship had, as of January 2016, cost $1.6 billion.
Earlier, according to the estimates of construction data and analytics startup BuildZoom the new Apple campus costs more than $1.1 billion. The report added that initially the Apple Park project was going to be made open in 2015 but the number of delays which it faced thereafter gradually increased the costs further. Now, it seems as if along with the new work place, Apple employees will have to learn to adopt the new standing work style as well.