Tesla CEO Elon Musk has ordered his company’s executives back to the office for at least 40 hours a week or they should leave the business.
In a leaked email titled “Remote work is no longer acceptble” [sic], Musk began: “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.”
The 40-hour work week became US law in 1940.
Musk said he will personally review any individual instances where the edict is “impossible” adding that they must work at “a main Tesla office, not an unrelated branch office unrelated to job duties”.
Tesla employs more than 100,000 people full-time, having increased staffing by 40% in 2021 to 99,290 employees by December 31 last year. Around 22,000 people work at the Fremont factory.
While the company has not confirmed the existence of the Musk email, the world’s richest man validated it by replying to a post of it on Twitter that asked if he had “any additional comment to people who think coming into work is an antiquated concept?”
“Pretend to work somewhere else,” Musk replied.
They should pretend to work somewhere else
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2022