Tesla boss Elon Musk told his employees to return to the office or leave the company, according to a memorandum sent to staff this week.
Some Tesla office workers worked at home during the pandemic, but Musk now wants to get out of the house and resume commuting.
Although the disclosed note contains Musk’s name, he has not yet confirmed that he did send the message. However, Musk later responded a question posted on Twitter about itsaying that Tesla remote workers “should pretend to work elsewhere.”
He should pretend to work elsewhere
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2022
The note was sent to the directors, but it appears to be a set of instructions for all Tesla office staff to follow.
“Working from a distance is no longer acceptable [sic]”, Begins the note.
“Anyone who wants to work remotely must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean * minimum *) of 40 hours a week or leave Tesla.”
Musk writes that “this is less than we ask of factory workers”, adding that if there are “exceptional collaborators” for whom office work is “impossible”, then he will personally consider their case.
He continues: “Moreover, the ‘office’ must be a Tesla head office, not a remote branch unrelated to duties, for example, being responsible for human relations at the Fremont factory, but having your office in another state. . ”
An e-mail seen by Electrek, also signed by “Elon”, has the subject: “To be very clear”.
It is said that “everyone” must work at least 40 hours a week in the office and that if someone does not show up for work, “we will assume that you have resigned”.
Musk adds: “The older you get, the more visible your presence should be. That’s why I lived so long in the factory that the people on the line saw me working with them. If I hadn’t done that, Tesla would have gone bankrupt a long time ago. “
The head of Tesla notes that there are indeed companies that still let their staff work remotely, adding: “But when was the last time they delivered a great new product? Has been a while.”
The note ends by saying that Tesla will “create and actually produce the most interesting and significant products of any company on Earth. This will not happen by calling her. “
The pandemic has ushered in a new era of hybrid work for office workers, although clearly not everyone is happy about it.
Musk’s office-only approach is likely to be of concern to Twitter, the company the billionaire entrepreneur plans to buy.
Responding to the new way of doing things, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal SAPS In March, the company pledged to work truly flexibly, telling its employees, “Where you feel most productive and creative is where you work, and that includes working full-time from home forever.”
If Musk’s takeover bid works, everything could change.