Musk tells Tesla employees to get their butts back to office or they can ‘pretend to work somewhere else’


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CEO Elon Musk informed his Tesla employees on Tuesday that they need to be back in the main office working at least 40 hours a week or they can head for greener pastures and “pretend to work somewhere else.”

Two blunt emails were leaked on Twitter with the first one putting employees on notice: “Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla. This is less than we ask of factory workers.”

“If there are particularly exceptional contributors for whom this is impossible, I will review and approve those exceptions directly,” Musk reportedly noted. “Moreover, the ‘office’ must be a main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties.”

One Twitter user asked Musk to respond to Tesla employees who consider working in-person to be an “antiquated concept.”

The billionaire tersely replied, “They should pretend to work somewhere else.”

“Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week. Moreover, the office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo office. If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.,” Musk reportedly wrote in a second email, according to electrek.

“The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence. That is why I lived in the factory so much – so that those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I had not done that, Tesla would long ago have gone bankrupt,” he added, the outlet reported.

“There are of course companies that don’t require this, but when was the last time they shipped a great new product? It’s been a while,” Musk noted.

“Tesla has and will create and actually manufacture the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on Earth. This will not happen by phoning it in,” the CEO asserted.

Many high-tech companies are now allowing employees to work remotely permanently. Airbnb and Facebook see it as a perk for employees and a way to attract talent.

Meta executive Dare Obasanjo took a swipe at Musk’s mandate on Twitter Wednesday.

“A forced return to office policy during a renewed COVID surge sounds like a great way to create some attrition without the negative optics of a layoff,” Obasanjo, the lead product manager for Meta’s Horizon Worlds metaverse team, tweeted.

Other companies such as Apple and Google are promoting hybrid schedules where employees come into the office three days a week and work the rest of the time remotely.

Apple is also extending the work-at-home schedule because of a surge in COVID cases. That announcement follows employees threatening to quit if they have to come back to the office to work, according to the New York Post.

Musk mocked Apple’s decision to extend work-at-home schedules with a meme of an obese dog taking a nap.

Musk runs Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company, and will soon potentially take the helm of Twitter. The social media platform was among the first big tech companies to let employees work from home permanently. As Musk steps in, that will allegedly change.

Twitter employees have slammed Musk’s attitude toward remote working on the corporate forum Blind. They are terrified he will impose a similarly strict policy of working 40 hours a week at the main office.

“Most companies at least set a return day a couple months out to let employees prepare,” one Twitter employee complained in response to Musk putting his foot down over remote work. “Who just suddenly makes massive changes to an orgs work life with no warning.”

Another Twitter employee asked in April whether Musk would “rule” with an “iron fist” at Twitter. He predicted that forcing a return to working at the office would cause “even more attrition.”

This isn’t the first time Musk has made fun of Twitter employees who work remotely. In April he wrote that the company should turn its San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter because so few employees showed up at the office.

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