Billionaire Elon Musk has taken a firm stand against his employees working from home, stating that remote work is no longer acceptable for Tesla employees.
In an email to staff, Musk stated employees must work a minimum of 40 hours a week or else “depart Tesla.”
The CEO stated that this should be a “main Tesla office,” not a “remote branch office” in an email purportedly addressed to the company’s management personnel with the subject line “Remote work is no longer acceptable.”
Musk did not deny its veracity, saying that anyone who disagrees with the policy of going into the workplace “should pretend to work somewhere else.”
However, requests to work remotely under certain conditions will be considered, but such requests must be “exceptional” to be approved.
Musk said: “If there are particularly exceptional contributors for whom this is impossible, I will review and approve those exceptions directly.”
Working 40 hours in person, he said, is “less than we ask of factory workers.”
The CEO asserted that his own experience of nearly living in the Tesla factory was the basis for the company’s survival.
Musk added: “The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence. 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.”
Following the global pandemic, which drove many firms to quickly implement remote working rules, many are now evaluating how they should bring their staff back into the office if they even need to in the first place.
Some companies, such as Apple, are experimenting with a hybrid model in which people come into the office only part of the week.
Tesla’s firm stance places it as an exception in the so-called “new normal.”
Musk said: “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”
Source: The Verge