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“Return to the office or resign” Elon Musk orders all Tesla employees as he says remote workers “pretend to work”

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Tesla allowed remote work for every role where it was possible.

 

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But this doesn’t seem to be working for the company.

 

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CEO Elon Musk sent a series of emails yesterday, May 31, that basically requests employees come back to the office or be terminated.

 

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The mail reads: “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. This is less than we ask of factory workers.”

 

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The CEO added that there might be some exceptions, but he will review and approve those himself, which is a good way to incentivize people not to ask for exceptions.

 

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In a follow-up email, Musk reminded employees that he set the example by sleeping in the factory.

 

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He wrote: “The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence. 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.”

 

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Finally, the CEO took a dig at the companies who still allow remote work.

 

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He wrote: “There are of course companies that don’t require this, but when was the last time they shipped a great new product? It’s been a while.”

 

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See Elon Musk’s full email to staff below.

 

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First email:

 

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Subject: Remote work is no longer acceptble

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. This is less than we ask of factory workers.

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

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Moreover, 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.

Thanks,
Elon

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Second email:
 

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Subject: To be super clear

Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week. Moreover, the office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo office. If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.

The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence. 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.

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There are of course companies that don’t require this, 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. This will not happen by phoning it in.

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Thanks,
Elon

 

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