Apple CEO Cook Woos Workforce: Report

CUPERTINO, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- Apple's ( AAPL) new CEO Tim Cook should see his popularity get a bump around the office after reportedly rewarding employees with extra time off in the week of Thanksgiving.

The MacRumors and Macgeneration Web sites report that Apple's corporate employees will receive paid time off for Nov. 21 to Nov.23, leading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The extra vacation is a reward for the company's stellar performance this year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook could be off to a flyer with his workforce.

"We've had a record-setting year so far and we're heading into the holidays with the strongest product lineup in our history," explained Cook in an email to employees, according to the reports. "Customers are absolutely in love with the iPad 2, and the amazing new iPhone 4S is off to the best start of any iPhone we've ever made."

Cook explained that retail and some other groups within Apple that need to work during Thanksgiving week can take the time off at a different date. International teams can schedule their three-day shutdowns at a time that's best for them, he added.

If the reports are correct, Cook looks set to be extremely popular with Apple's 50,000-strong workforce. The new CEO, who took over from Steve Jobs in August, will be under the microscope next week when Apple reports its fourth-quarter results, and investors are keen to see how Cook will run the tech giant.

Widely acknowledged as a logistics guru, Cook was Apple's COO prior to his promotion to the company's top job. The Auburn grad joined Apple as senior vice president of operations in 1998, later becoming executive vice president of worldwide sales and operations.

Less flamboyant than his predecessor, Cook cut a more reserved figure during Apple's recent iPhone 4S launch, but is also seen as a safe pair of hands capable of continuing Apple's momentum.

Apple yet to respond to TheStreet's request for comment on this story.

Shares of Apple closed up $6.24, or 1.55%, at $408.43 on Thursday.

-- Written by James Rogers in New York.

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