Elon Musk tells Tesla executives to return to work in office or leave

Jun 2, 2022: According to a report by Bloomberg, Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., took to Twitter to elaborate on an email he apparently sent on Tuesday to the company’s executive staff.

Under the subject line “Remote work is no longer acceptble [sic],” Musk wrote that “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.”

The CEO went on to specify that the office “must be a main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties, for example being responsible for Fremont factory human relations, but having your office be in another state.”

It’s not the first time Musk’s unconventional treatment of employees has come up.

Roughly two weeks before Musk reached a deal to acquire Twitter Inc., Keith Rabois, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist said Musk once noticed a group of interns milling around while they waited in a line for coffee.

Musk viewed this as an affront to productivity. According to Rabois, who knows Musk from their days at PayPal Holdings Inc., Musk threatened to fire all the interns if it happened again, and had security cameras installed to monitor compliance.

Rabois wrote in April that employees at Twitter — one of the most prominent companies to allow permanent remote work — are “in for a rude awakening.”

Elon Musk’s apparent email to Tesla’s executive staff suggests Twitter’s policy will change once he takes over.

Thousands of staff in Tesla’s Shanghai factory there have been effectively locked in for months, working 12-hour shifts, six days a week. Until recently, many were sleeping on the factory floor as part of a closed-loop system meant to keep COVID-19 out and cars rolling off the production line.

Workers brought in to bring the factory back up to speed are being shuttled between the facility and their sleeping quarters- either disused factories or an old military camp -with day- and night-shift workers sharing beds in makeshift dorms.

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