Elon Musk has fired so many Twitter staff by mistake the company’s HR department has created a new system to identify and rehire them.
The social media giant’s HR department has had to create a new internal category to quickly identify and re-onboard any staff who the company needs back.
A source told Insider the Twitter recruiting team can now use an “accidental termination” label when rehiring workers to the system.
This tool was developed due to the pace with which employees are unwittingly caught up in layoffs, resignations, and unexpected firings.
Musk has fired around half of the 7,500 Twitter staff since his $44 billion takeover last month.
Another source said these moves have become more common since Musk took control a month ago.
His most recent bout of firings came late on the night before Thanksgiving.
At least two workers were sacked in error and had to be re-hired on Monday, November 28.
One employee said of the company’s current operations under Musk: “It’s still just chaos.”
So far, Musk’s tenure as Twitter’s new owner and CEO has been marked by chaos amid mass layoffs and high-speed changes to the platform.
Musk has reduced the headcount from over 7,500 to an estimated 2,300 people and has begun sending emails and orders at all hours of the day and night.
He even sacked any perceived critics and hired inexperienced but passionate people on occasion, including a hoaxer who claimed to be a laid-off Twitter employee.
Musk’s layoffs at Twitter have been so severe that the firm has instructed remaining employees to try to hire some of their laid-off colleagues.
Meanwhile, Musk has continued to routinely post and comment on the app he now controls.
Because of the changes to moderation capabilities, the firm risks being pulled from Apple’s strong App Store.
Sources said even before Thanksgiving, many staff had lost access to their work badges, which are used as identification into and around Twitter premises.
Some lost access to internal Slack or were locked out of their laptops, similar to how those who were laid off or sacked first discovered they were no longer working at Twitter.
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Although those who were fired by Musk generally got an email confirming their dismissal, such emails frequently arrived many hours after employees lost access to work tools.
As a result, those who had badge or computer issues would have to text managers or teammates to find out if they were truly dismissed.
To restore access to tools, certain full-time and contract staff had to be re-onboarded to corporate systems as if they were new hires.
A request for comment was not responded to by the company.