Goodbye, Sweatpants: Tesla CEO Elon Musk condemns remote work in leaked email

Toronto, Ontario — A leaked email signalled a change in Tesla’s practices: work in person, or work elsewhere.

“Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum of 40 hours per week,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk in an email to the company’s executives on May 31. Ostensibly, the 40-hour requirement is “less than we ask of factory workers.”

He elaborates that office work must be completed in a primary Tesla office: covering Fremont Factory human relations from your remote office in California doesn’t work. Exceptions could be made for ‘particularly exceptional contributors’ who could not work in person but only after a personal review by the CEO.

This is not the first time Musk has taken a potshot against remote work. In April 2022, Musk asked his Twitter following if he should convert Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter “since no one shows up anyway.” Musk also replied to a Bloomberg article about hybrid employment with a meme of an obese dog resting on a pastel background.

While the email was posted from an unverified Twitter account with no affiliation to Tesla, Musk replied to the tweet, “they should pretend to work somewhere else.”

For more information, click here for the leaked email and Musk’s response.



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