In a series of emails, the Tesla CEO asked employees to return to the office or they would be fired.
The world’s richest man and Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to the electric vehicle giant’s employees to return to the office or leave, saying they “should pretend to work somewhere else” if they disagree with the company policy.
He sent out a series of emails asking employees to return to the office or they would be fired.
“Anyone wishing to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or leave Tesla. This is less than we ask of factory workers,” Musk wrote, reports Electrek.
“Everyone at Tesla must spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week. In addition, the office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not in a pseudo remote office. If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned,” he added, taking a hard stance on returning to the office.
The Tesla CEO looked into companies that still allow remote work.
“Of course, there are companies that don’t require this, but when was the last time they shipped a great new product? It’s been a while,” he wrote in one of the emails.
Musk did not deny sending these emails to employees. In a tweet, he said, “They should pretend they work somewhere else” if they disagree with the company’s return-to-office policy.
“The older you are, the more visible your presence should be. That’s why I lived in the factory for so long, so those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I hadn’t done that, Tesla would have done that a long time ago.” have gone bankrupt,” Musk said.
Moreover, he added, the “office” should be Tesla’s main office, “not a remote branch office that is unrelated to the job functions, e.g., being responsible for human relations at the Fremont factory, but having your office in another state.”
“Tesla has created and will create and in fact manufacture the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on Earth. This will not happen over the phone,” Musk added.