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In recent weeks, Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised Tesla China employees for “burning the oil at 3 a.m.” while saying Americans were “trying to avoid going at all.” work”.

By Bloomberg

The richest man in the world is tired of this whole work-from-home business.

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk sent an email Tuesday evening to “Everyone” at his electric car company, explaining an earlier missive to executive staff about the need to be in the office. Employees at many companies, accustomed to working from home or hybrid policies, have rebelled against “RTO” policies and long commutes.

“Everyone at Tesla is required to spend at least 40 hours in the office per week,” Musk wrote in an email titled “To be very clear.” “Also, the office should be where your real colleagues are, not some remote pseudo-office. If you do not show up, we will assume that you have resigned.

Bloomberg News confirmed that current Tesla employees received the email Wednesday morning.

“The more senior you are, the more your presence should be visible,” Musk wrote. “That’s why I lived so long at the factory – so those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I hadn’t done that, Tesla would have gone bankrupt a long time ago.

Earlier, Musk sent an email to executive staff demanding that they be at “a main Tesla office, not a remote branch unrelated to job duties, such as being the company’s human relations manager.” Fremont factory, but having your office in another state. ”

In recent weeks, Musk has praised Tesla China employees for “burning the oil from 3 a.m.” while saying Americans are “trying to avoid going to work at all.”

Thousands of Tesla employees in Shanghai have been effectively locked down for months, working 12-hour shifts, six days a week. Until recently, many slept on the factory floor as part of a closed-loop system intended to keep Covid out and cars coming off the production line.

Workers brought in to get the plant running again commute between the facility and dormitories — either idle factories or a former military camp — with day and night workers sharing beds in makeshift dormitories.

When a fan on Twitter asked Musk to address people who think going to work is an outdated concept, he replied “They should pretend to work somewhere else.”

This isn’t the first time Musk has treated his employees with love.

About two weeks before Musk struck a $44 billion deal to acquire Twitter Inc., Keith Rabois, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and entrepreneur, tweeted an anecdote that speaks to his friend’s management style. At Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Musk once noticed a group of interns queuing while waiting in line for coffee.

Musk threatened to fire them all if it happened again and had security cameras installed to monitor compliance, according to Rabois, who knows the Tesla founder from his days at PayPal Holdings Inc.

Employees of Twitter — one of the most prominent companies to allow permanent remote work — are “in for a rude awakening,” Rabois wrote in April.

(Updates with Musk’s second email starting at second paragraph.)

–With the help of Vlad Savov.

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