The pandemic caused a lot of people to learn the art of working from home. It’s not for everyone, but many had to make it work during the pandemic. It also didn’t last forever, especially for Tesla employees.
An email leaked showing that Elon Musk had no time for working from home. The email plainly stated that Tesla employees who wish to work remotely must first work a minimum of 40 hours a week in the office. 40 hours a week is typically a full work week, but not for Musk.
Remote work is no longer acceptable
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.
If there are particularly exceptional contributors for whom this is impossible, I will review and approve those exceptions directly.
Moreover, the “office” must be a main Tesla office, 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.
When this email was brought to Elon Musk’s attention, he didn’t call cap on it at all. In fact, he owned up to it in ultra smug fashion as he replied back saying, “They should pretend to work somewhere else.”
Musk made it very clear that, “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned,” This might not have been a popular decision, but Elon Musk has never been a fan about caring what other people think.