Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has ordered all employees to return to the office full-time, declaring that working remotely is no longer acceptable. The new policy was revealed in emails that were widely circulated on social media.
Tesla declined to comment on the messages, one of which appeared to be addressed to executives. People who refuse to follow the new rules can “pretend to work somewhere else,” Mr Musk said on Twitter when asked about the policy.
“Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week. If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”Musk wrote in one of the emails.
Source: BBC Technology
The emails said staff should report to work at one of the company’s main offices, “not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties”.
Mr Musk went on to say that he would personally review any requests for policy exemptions. He further stated that the company expects its factory employees to work full-time in the office, and that in-person collaboration is critical to the company’s success.
“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,” he said in an email, one of two that was leaked and shared on social media.
“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.”
Many industries are debating whether to continue the remote work practises that exploded during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some industries, such as banking, have indicated that they expect employees to return to the office, while others, particularly in the technology sector, have stated that they will allow remote work indefinitely. Many places have chosen a hybrid approach.
According to Kastle, which operates security card access systems in thousands of buildings across the country, office occupancy in the United States is around 43 percent.