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“Return to the office or resign” Elon Musk orders Tesla employees



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Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has implored all Tesla employees to stop remote work and return to the office if they do not wish to be fired.


Tesla allowed remote work for every role where it was possible when the Covid-19 pandemic was hitting.


Seeing that this is no longer working, Elon Musk sent a series of emails yesterday, May 31, requesting employees return to the office or be sacked.


See Elon Musk’s full email to staff below:

First email:

Subject: Remote work is no longer acceptable

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.

Moreover, the “office” must be the 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.


Second email:

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.

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 manufacture the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on Earth. This will not happen by phoning it in.


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