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01st Jun 2022

Elon Musk says staff can ‘pretend to work somewhere else’ after controversial leaked emails

Simon Bland

The world’s wealthiest man reportedly gave his workers an ultimatum

Tesla founder and the world’s wealthiest man has reportedly sent an email to his employees saying they can no longer work from home.

In a leaked message – which is currently doing the rounds on social media after first arriving via Tesla shareholder Sam Nissim’s Twitter page a few hours ago – Musk can allegedly be seen saying 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.”

You can read the full message – which has yet to be verified – below.

The email went on to reference a few exceptions which Musk will decide on a case-by-case basis.

It added: “Moreover, the ‘office’ must be a main Tesla, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties, for example being responsible for Fremont factory human relations, but having your office be in another state.”

According to NewsWeek, when asked about the authenticity of the email by a Twitter account named @WholeMarsBlog, Musk didn’t confirm or deny anything, instead firing back by saying that anyone who would like to work from home should “pretend to work somewhere else”.

A few hours after Nissim posted this supposedly leaked email, @WholeMarsBlog posted a screen grab of a second email which was also supposedly leaked.

Again, at the time of writing, the authenticity of both messages has yet to be verified.

Here, Musk allegedly added the warning that “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”

“The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence. That is why I lived in the factor 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.”

The post added: “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.”

Meanwhile, Twitter – the very account that Musk looks set to soon take over – has a permanent remote work policy, according to Forbes.

As to whether this will stay intact when the billionaire takes the helm remains to be seen.

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