The world’s richest man is back at it with questionable business practices.
This time, Elon Musk is raising eyebrows after sending out not one, but two company-wide emails to Tesla employees threatening that they return to work … or else, Bloomberg reports.
“Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,” said Musk in one of the emails. “To be super clear.”
Elon to Tesla team: no more remote work pic.twitter.com/aSmZAAOm7G
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He continued: “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.”
What’s more, according to a tweet of one of the leaked emails, he actually titled the follow-up email: “To be super clear.”
He sent a follow-up to everyone confirming the company-wide policy. pic.twitter.com/aYLnV5WhTe
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And, it looks like his message of strongly advising against a work-from-home environment is loud and clear for employees at the smart car company.
A History Of Toxicity In The Tesla Workplace
As previously reported by AfroTech, the Tesla company has a history of alleged mistreatment of its employee with some even noting that the Black workers at the company are often “sent to the back” of the warehouse whenever Musk visits its California headquarters.
“The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence,” Musk also said in the email. “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.”
Inhumane Work Conditions
While Musk let out his grievances for employees in the U.S. via an email, he previously praised the Tesla staff located in Shanghai for “burning the 3 am oil.”
On the other hand, he says Americans are “trying to avoid going to work at all.”
It’s important to note taff in the Shanghai Tesla factory often work 12-hour shifts, six days a week. Reportedly, it wasn’t until recently that they stopped sleeping on the factory floor “to keep Covid out and cars rolling off the production line.”
When asked, “hey elon a lot of people are talking about this leaked email, any additional comment to people who think coming into work is an antiquated concept?”
Musk simply replied, “They should pretend to work somewhere else.”
They should pretend to work somewhere else
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2022