Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, wrote an email to his employees at the electric car company to return to the office or quit. The contents of the email sent to Tesla employees read: “Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,” It further added; “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”
The communication between Tesla employees and Elon Musk
As most of the employees at numerous firms, used to working from home or hybrid policies, have revolted against “Return To Office” policies due to long commutes, resistance from workers, and a resurgence of Covid cases in California. Due to this, some major tech firms in California do not require workers to return to the office full-time. Referring to them, Musk wrote in the email; “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.”
Musk further mentioned; “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.” Recently, Musk was also seen praising Tesla China employees for burning the 3 am oil while mentioning that Americans are just trying to avoid going to work at all. Although Musk didn’t confirm the authenticity of the email, but, he responded to a follower who asked about people who think going into work is an antiquated concept. “They should pretend to work somewhere else,” he tweeted.
Workers expressed displeasure
According to an anonymous app, Blind, a Tesla worker posted; “If there’s a mass exodus, how would Tesla finish projects? I don’t think investors would be happy about that,” Another worker added; “Waiting for him to backpedal real quick.” Stephen Knight, executive director at Worksafe, told an international media outlet; “Employers including the state government are finding that mandating a return of all employees is a recipe for outbreaks.”