Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has told employees they can no longer work from home, warning they must return to the office or leave the company, according to an email sent to employees and seen by the Reuters news agency.
- In emails to employees, Tesla CEO says staff must work ’40 hours in the office a week’
- Some employees shared their frustrations on an anonymous app
- Most big tech companies in California don’t require workers to return to the office full-time
“Everyone at Tesla is required to spend at least 40 hours in the office per week,” Mr. Musk wrote in the email sent Tuesday evening.
“If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you quit.”
“The more senior you are, the more your presence should be visible,” he wrote.
“That’s why I lived so long at the factory – so those in line could see me working alongside them. If I hadn’t done that, Tesla would have gone bankrupt a long time ago.”
Two sources confirmed the authenticity of the email, but Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
Big tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley have not demanded that staff return to work in the office full-time, amid resistance from some and a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state.
Tesla moved its headquarters to Austin, Texas, but has its engineering base and one of its factories in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.
“There are, of course, companies that don’t need it, but when was the last time they shipped a great new product? It’s been a while,” Musk wrote in his email. personal.
“Tesla has created and will make the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on Earth. It’s not going to happen by phoning it.”
One of Mr. Musk’s Twitter followers posted another email that Mr. Musk apparently sent to executives asking them to work at the office for at least 40 hours a week or “quit Tesla.”
In response to this tweet, the billionaire said: “They should pretend to work somewhere else.”
Tesla employees share their concerns
Some Tesla employees expressed their displeasure with Mr Musk’s latest comments in messages they posted on the anonymous app Blind, which requires users to register using the company’s email as proof employment in companies.
“If there is a mass exodus, how would Tesla finish the projects? I don’t think investors would be happy about it,” wrote a Tesla employee.
“Waiting for it to back up real quick,” another worker posted.
A California-based labor advocacy group has criticized Mr Musk’s plan to return to office.
“Employers, including the state government, are finding that the mandatory return of all employees is a recipe for outbreaks,” Stephen Knight, executive director of Worksafe, wrote in a statement emailed to Reuters.
“Unfortunately, Tesla’s disregard for worker safety is well documented, including their disregard for the county public health department at the start of the pandemic.”
In May 2020, Mr. Musk reopened a Tesla factory in Fremont, California, defying Alameda County lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Tesla reported 440 cases at the plant from May through December 2020, according to county data obtained by legal news site Plainsite.
Last year, Mr. Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, reported 132 cases of COVID-19 at its headquarters in the Los Angeles-area town of Hawthorne, according to county data.
Mr Musk has previously played down the risks of COVID-19, saying “the coronavirus panic is stupid” and that children are “essentially immune”. He then caught COVID-19 twice.
Mr Musk says Americans are ‘trying to avoid work’
Last month, Mr Musk said ‘Americans are trying to avoid going to work at all’, while Chinese workers ‘won’t even leave the kind of factory’.
“They will burn the 3 a.m. oil,” he told a conference.
Tesla’s factory in Shanghai has been scrambling to ramp up production after the lockdown in China’s economic hub forced the factory to close for 22 days.
While some large employers have permanently adopted voluntary work-from-home policies, others, including Google’s parent company Alphabet, are asking employees to gradually return to their offices.
Alphabet has required employees to be in offices at least three days a week starting in early April, but many employees have been approved for fully remote work.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal tweeted in March that Twitter offices would reopen but employees could still work from home if they preferred.
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