As some companies try to delicately walk the line between returning to the office and providing “ work from home” benefits to their employees in the post-Covid world, Elon Musk has taken a stance without quite as much nuance.
“ Anyone who wishes to do remote control work must be in the office for any minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours each week or depart Tesla, ” Musk wrote in a company email that was leaked this week.
“ Remote work is no longer acceptable, ” was the name of the email. In it, Musk put his employees to a choice: return to your desks and offices or start finding work elsewhere. The email was documented on by Lot of money .
“ This is less than [what] we ask of factory workers, ” Musk added, possibly in a nod towards the company’s Shanhai factory, which usually had Chinese staff building cars during 12 hr shifts and sleeping on stock floors due to Covid lockdowns.
“ If there are particularly exceptional contributors for whom this is impossible, I will review plus approve those exceptions directly, ” Musk wrote. “ Moreover, the ‘ office’ must be a main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties… ”
Musk got some pushback with regard to his comments (what otherwise is new? ) upon Twitter this week, with some customers arguing that Tesla can wind up losing too many of its staff as a result of the pushed requirement.
Online, Musk confirmed the particular authenticity of the email and “ made it crystal clear he had zero tolerance for those demanding the right to retain privileges, ” Fortune reported.
“ They should pretend to work somewhere else, ” Musk published.