Return To Office Or Resign, Says Tesla CEO
USA – Elon Musk, the Chief Executive of Tesla Motors, has told his company’s staff to return to their workplace or quit, according to a report from Reuters that was updated on Thursday morning (2 June, SGT).
“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, Elon wrote in the email sent on Tuesday night that was seen by the news outlet.
“The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence. 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.”
Elon’s stance is in contrast to some major tech firms in Silicon Valley that don’t require their employees to return to the office full-time, amidst stiff resistance from some workers and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in California.
While Tesla has relocated its headquarters to Austin, Texas, its engineering base and one of its factories are located in the San Francisco Bay area.
“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 wrote in the email.
“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,” added Elon.
Moreover, one of his Twitter followers posted another email that Elon apparently sent to company executives, asking them to work in the office for a minimum of 40 hours a week or “depart Tesla.”