Hot potato: In a pair of similarly worded memos sent this week to SpaceX employees and Tesla executives, Elon Musk pointed out that workers must spend at least 40 hours a week in the office or quit. The CEO’s stance on remote work was also made clear in another leaked company-wide email to Tesla employees, which required them to work from the company’s main office rather than a pseudo remote location.
Do you find that working from home interferes with your colleagues be productiveElon Musk definitely thinks his employees at SpaceX and Tesla should be back in the office full-time.
New York Times reports that Musk sent an email to SpaceX employees this week demanding they spend at least 40 hours a week in the office, and those who don’t will be fired. Musk stressed that senior employees needed to make their presence more visible, so he spent a lot of time in the factory with workers on the line. “If I hadn’t done this, SpaceX would have gone bankrupt long ago,” he said.
A similar memo was sent to Tesla’s executive staff, in which the CEO mentioned the same minimum staff requirement of 40 hours a week for employees who would like to work remotely. “This is less than what we require of factory workers,” Musk noted, adding that he will directly screen and approve especially exceptional participants who cannot meet this requirement.
He also made it clear that the office should be where the worker’s real colleagues are, and not some “remote pseudo-office”. “If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you’ve retired,” Musk said, further explaining that while there were companies that didn’t have those requirements, it’s been a while since they released a great new product.
While hailing Tesla for its accomplishments, Musk concluded that the company’s goal of building the most interesting and meaningful products on Earth would not be achieved by “calling the phone.” The CEO also tweeted a response when asked to comment on his leaked email.
They have to pretend they work elsewhere
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2022
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