In a caustic email to his employees, the Tesla boss urges them to be in the office “at least” 40 hours a week, otherwise they would be considered “quitting.”
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has urged employees to return to the office or leave the company, an email sent to employees and circulating on social media said.
“Everyone at Tesla has to spend at least 40 hours a week in the office. If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you’ve canceled“, it says in the internally distributed e-mail.
Two sources have confirmed the authenticity of the email, and Tesla declined to respond to inquiries Figaro. One of Musk’s Twitter followers posted another email the executive allegedly sent to executives, urging them to work at the office at least 40 hours a week, or “leave Tesla“. In response to the tweet, the billionaire, who agreed to take Twitter private in a $44 billion deal, said: “They should pretend they work somewhere else“.
“It won’t work on the phone”
Big tech companies in Silicon Valley aren’t requiring workers to return to the office full-time, despite resistance from some workers and a resurgence in coronavirus cases. Tesla has moved its headquarters to Austin, Texas, but has one of its factories and an engineering base in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Of course there are companies that don’t need this, but when was the last time you shipped a great new product? It’s been a while‘ Musk said in the email. “Tesla has created and truly will make the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on earth. This is not done over the phone“.
Tesla joins a wave of companies mandating employees to return to the office. While some large employers have permanently adopted voluntary work-from-home policies, others, including Alphabet’s Google, are betting that it’s best to encourage face-to-face interactions between colleagues.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal tweeted in March that Twitter offices would reopen but employees could continue to work from home if they wished. “You will work where you feel most productive and creative, and that includes working full-time from home foreversaid Parag Agrawal in a March 3 tweet.