CEO Elon Musk has asked employees to return to the office or leave the company, according to an e-mail sent to them on Tuesday night, writes Reuters.
“Everyone at Tesla has to spend at least 40 hours in the office a week. If you do not show up, we will assume that you have resigned “, Musk stated in the e-mail.
Two sources confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail analyzed by Reuters. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
The big tech companies in Silicon Valley do not require employees to return to the office full time.
Tesla has moved its headquarters to Austin, Texas, but has one of the factories and engineering base in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Of course, there are companies that don’t need this, but when was the last time they delivered a great new product? It’s been a while, “Musk said in an email.
“Tesla has created, will create and manufacture the most interesting and significant products of all the companies on Earth. This will not happen if it is done from home. “
One of Musk’s followers on Twitter posted another e-mail that Musk allegedly sent to executives, asking them to work in the office for at least 40 hours a week or “leave Tesla.”
In response to this tweet, the billionaire, who agreed to privatize Twitter Inc. in a $ 44 billion transaction, said: “They should pretend to be working elsewhere.”
In May 2020, Musk reopened a Tesla plant in Fremont, California, defying Alameda County isolation measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. Tesla reported 440 cases at the factory from May to December 2020, according to county data obtained by the legal information site Plainsite.
Last year, Musk’s missile company SpaceX reported 132 cases of COVID-19 at its headquarters in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, according to county data.
While some large employers have permanently adopted voluntary work-from-home policies, others, including Google, from Alphabet Inc., rely on the fact that it is better to push in-person interactions between colleagues.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal wrote on Twitter in March that Twitter offices would reopen, but that employees could still work from home if they preferred.
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