“Pretend To Work Somewhere Else”: Elon Musk Says All Tesla Employees Must Return To Work

Musk got some pushback for his comments

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.


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