Elon Musk Tells Tesla Execs: Return To Office Or Get Fired
The world’s richest man appears to have had it with this whole working-from-home business.
Photo Insert: 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.”
Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., weighed in on the return-to-office debate Wednesday on Twitter by elaborating on an email he apparently sent to the electric-car maker’s executive staff. Katrina Nicholas reported for Bioomberg.
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.”
He went on to write 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.”
While Musk didn’t directly address whether the email was authentic, the billionaire did strongly suggest it is by responding to a follower who asked about people who think going into work is an antiquated concept. “They should pretend to work somewhere else,” he tweeted.
The email’s reference to factory workers is also interesting in light of the situation at Tesla’s own factory in Shanghai. There, thousands of workers have been effectively locked in for months, working 12-hour shifts, six days a week.
Up until recently, many were sleeping on the factory floor as part of a so-called closed-loop manufacturing system meant to keep COVID out and cars rolling off the production line.
Workers brought in to bring the factory back up to speed are now being shuttled between the facility and their sleeping quarters — either disused factories or an old military camp — with day-shift and night-shift workers sharing beds in makeshift dorms. Musk has not done anything to provide relief to these Chinese workers.