ELON Musk has reportedly demanded that Tesla employees spend at least 40 hours a week in the office or face being fired, according to a leaked e-mail.
The CEO’s demand that the electric-car maker’s staff stop working from home is only his latest of various intense requests, which have allegedly included cameras monitoring staff.
The email, first shared by Tesla shared holder Sam Nissim on Twitter and then by Electrek, is titled: “Remote work is no longer acceptable [sic].”
In it, Musk apparently wrote that “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.”
The world’s richest man seemed to confirm the email’s authenticity by responding to someone on Twitter who asked about those who think going to the office is an antiquated concept.
“They should pretend to work somewhere else,” Musk replied.
Musk has previously caused controversy over the demands he reportedly makes of his employees.
His friend, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Keith Rabois, once said that Musk threatened to fire all of SpaceX’s interns after he saw them gathered around the coffee machine.
Rabois also claimed that Musk then had cameras installed to make sure it didn’t happen again.
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Tesla has also been in the news recently over its reported working conditions in Shanghai, where thousands of employees have been effectively locked in for months.
Amid the pandemic, Tesla’s staff in Shanghai have been working 12-hour shifts, six days a week, with many sleeping on the factory floor until recently to keep Covid-19 at bay, according to Bloomberg.
Musk has also previously shared his views on work meetings in an email to Tesla employees in which he asked to get rid of big, long meetings, as reported by Insider.
In the same email, Musk asked that staff leave meetings once it’s clear they are not needed.
He wrote: “It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”
But Musk seems to have some leeway when it comes to company rules, and also wrote that rules that aren’t working should be changed.
“If following a “company rule” is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation … then the rule should change,” he said, according to Insider.
However, in a different email cited by CNBC, Musk told Tesla managers that if they fail to execute his orders, they should “resign immediately.”
In the email sent to employees in October 2021, Musk detailed the three steps managers should take when they’re given an order.
Musk instructed them to either reply to him explaining why what he said is incorrect or to execute the order.
“If none of the above are done, that manager will be asked to resign immediately,” Musk concluded.
The US Sun has reached out to Tesla and Musk’s lawyer for comment on Tesla’s current work from home policy.
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