Elon Musk Just Sent a Brutal Warning To Woke Staff ‘We’ll Assume You Resigned’

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Elon Musk demands the best from his employees. As he should. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO didn’t get where he is by hiring slackers.

Last month he issued a directive to Twitter employees of his expectations if his buyout bid goes through.

“If Twitter acquisition completes, company will be super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware,” Musk tweeted in a post accompanied by a Fortune article about job interest in the social media platform skyrocketing since Musk’s bid.

“I strongly believe that all managers in a technical area must be technically excellent. Managers in software must write great software or it’s like being a cavalry captain who can’t ride a horse!” he proclaimed.

“Work ethic expectations would be extreme, but much less than I demand of myself,” he added.

Musk has reiterated his ultimatum about working from home he sent out to Tesla staff Tuesday, claiming that ‘remote work is no longer acceptble [sic].’

‘Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,’ Musk explained in a second email to staff shortly after the first. This email was leaked to Teslarati and then made public.

Twitter user @SamNissim shared the message, which had the subject line ‘To be super clear.’ It was sent out to an email list titled ‘Everyone’ just before 11 am.

This message reasserted Musk’s commitment to the statement in his previous message – as well as taking a shot at Silicon Valley companies for their remote work policies.

‘The office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo-office,’ says the email, repeating what was said in the prior email that said staff could work from home only if they worked 40 hours a week in the office.

Then Musk announced: ‘If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.’

The automaker’s senior staff received the previous email from Musk – who has been vocal in the past about his opposition to remote work – at 1:19 pm, screenshots show.

‘The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence,’ Musk told them.

‘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.’

After that, he appeared to be taking a shot at Silicon Valley companies that have introduced increasingly lax remote work policies since the pandemic, as cases have plummeted and infection rates are on the decline.

‘There are of course companies that don’t require this,’ he wrote, continuing ‘But when was the last time they shipped a great new product? It’s been a while.’

‘Tesla has and will create and actually manufacture the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on Earth,’ he added.

‘This will not happen by phoning it in,’ the head exec wrote, before signing off with, ‘Thanks, Elon.’

According to the message, it was sent within hours of the first email making the policy announcement.

Musk wrote the following in a leaked email that had the subject line ‘remote work is no longer acceptable [sic]’, it states that anyone who wishes to work remotely must physically be at the Tesla office for at least 40 hours per week ‘or depart Tesla.’

He told senior staffers that the requirement is ‘less than we ask of factory workers’.

Musk added: ‘If there are particularly exceptional contributors for whom this is impossible, I will review and approve those exceptions directly.’

The email further stated 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 in another state.’

When a follower asked Musk on Twitter whether he had anything to say about ‘people who think coming into work is an antiquated concept,’ Musk hilariously shot back: ‘They should pretend to work somewhere else.’

In the past, Musk has decried remote working policies, criticized Americans for ‘trying to avoid going to work at all’ and likened them to workers in China who are, ‘burning the 3am oil’.

When the Gigafactory was restarted after a three-week shutdown, staff were forced to sleep at work.

The factory began operating as a ‘closed loop system’ in order to prevent further disruptions caused by China’s Zero Covid policy.

Workers were provided with sleeping bags and mattresses to sleep on while camping on the factory floor.

The company provided food for each employee of around $63 per day, but the workers were required to work 12 hours a day with one day off per week.

Employees were working eight-hour shifts with a four-day on, two-day off schedule before temporary measures were imposed.

Musk got some feedback from union officials on his new policy.

Reuters is reporting:

Elon Musk’s demand that Tesla (TSLA.O) staff stop “phoning it in” and get back to the office got short shrift from Germany’s largest trade union on Thursday.

The Tesla chief executive waded into the future of work debate by telling staff at the electric carmaker that they must return to the office for at least 40 hours a week or leave the company, according to an email seen by Reuters. read more

The IG Metall union in the German state of Brandenburg Sachsen, where Tesla’s plant is located, said it would support any employee who opposed Musk’s ultimatum. Tesla employs around 4,000 people in Germany and plans to expand the workforce to 12,000.

“Whoever does not agree with such one-sided demands and wants to stand against them has the power of unions behind them in Germany, as per law,” Birgit Dietze, the district leader for IG Metall in Brandenburg Sachsen, said.

Employees at Tesla’s plant in Gruenheide, Germany, elected 19 people to its first workers’ council in February, setting the plant apart from others run by the carmaker in the United States and elsewhere without union representation, which Musk has fiercely resisted.


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