Elon Musk is one of the richest entrepreneurs in the world. This certainly didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen without Musk clocking it in every week with his teams to work very hard.

Musk recently told Tesla employees in an email that he’s looking forward to cutting off 10% of the employees from the company. In a new email, however, the Tesla CEO wants all of his employees in for a head count. He also wants the employees to stop working remotely, and spend at least 40 hours a week working in the office.

40 hours a week is a typical office work-cycle. Since the pandemic, a lot of companies had adopted the work-from-home model. Many companies have even taken it as far as having a hybrid model for working both remotely and on site.

The richest man in the world said that employees should stop “phoning it in,” because it’s important to get together to work. He made the point by explaining why he often stayed at the factory, and how it kept him visible to everyone working alongside him.

From: Elon Musk

Subject: To be super clear

Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week. Moreover, the office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo office. 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 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. 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.



Musk also warned the Tesla employees that if they fail to show up, it will be assumed that they are resigning from their position. Despite wanting to shave off 10% of his workforce, he says that the headcount will actually increase.

Musk’s coding ability recently came into question by Dogecoin creator. He also recently opened up on the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial. Obviously, he will keep generating headlines for some time to come.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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