Elon Musk does not want his employees to telecommute, and he has made it very clear in an internal statement sent to Tesla workers, in which he points out that remote work is no longer acceptable, that the professionals of the electric car manufacturer must go to least 40 hours a week in the office and that, if they do not agree with this decision, they will have to leave the company, as reported by Bloomberg.
And not content with that, the tycoon of South African origin has said through his Twitter account, when asked by a user about people who think that going back to the office is old-fashioned, that “they should pretend they work somewhere else”. In other words, Musk considers that telecommuting is not productive and the office is.
Musk’s work culture. Musk’s statement is new evidence of the extremely competitive and toxic work culture that exists in Tesla, of which previously reported and that he himself practices with himself: in 2018 he stated that he had come to work 120 hours a week.
For starters, he implies that his employees must work more than 40 hours a week to keep him happy. Second, in the email he also states that working 40 hours in person “is less than what we ask factory workers to do.” And thirdly, the tone of the letter is exhaustive: either you comply or you leave, there is no room for negotiation.
Twitter workers were right. Musk’s leaked email also shows that some of the fears of Twitter workers after learning of the sale of the company to the tycoon, now in question, were not unfounded. In addition to their manifest desire to change the moderation policies of the platform, the employees of the social network were concerned about the possibility that the sale would make them lose one of the job advances they value the most: being able to telecommute forever.
Twitter workers then expressed their concern because they knew the news about the labor demands that Musk has installed in all his companies, whose employees are required to sacrifice their personal lives for the smooth running of the organization, according to Fortune. Now, these fears seem to be confirmed, because, although the elimination of teleworking only affects Tesla, in principle, it is likely that the bad image that the tycoon has of remote work will also spill over to the rest of his companies.