During the health crisis, large technology companies allowed or even forced their employees to switch to teleworking. While the health restrictions are now much less strong, many of them are now asking them to come back to work on site. This is not always done without tension as at Apple, where some employees want to be able to continue working remotely.
Elon Musk to his employees: “come back to the site or leave Tesla”
At Tesla in any case, the time is not for discussion but rather for an ultimatum. Elon Musk has indeed been very firm: either his employees agree to return to the office, or they will have to leave the company.
The leader addressed his teams in a series of e-mails that could not be clearer. One of them explains: Anyone who wants to work remotely must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or leave Tesla. That’s less than what we ask of factory workers. »
He specifies that he sets the example himself by spending a lot of time on site:
The higher you are, the more your presence should be visible. That’s why I lived so long in the factory – so the workers could see me working alongside them. If I hadn’t done that, Tesla would have gone bankrupt a long time ago.
Finally, the billionaire drove the point home by castigating teleworking and its inefficiency: “ There are of course companies that don’t need this, but when was the last time they shipped an awesome new product? It’s been a while. Tesla has created and will make the most interesting and meaningful products of any company on the planet. It will not happen by stagnating. »
No doubt not everyone will agree with his remarks. Many employees have in fact taken a liking to remote working and are as much or even more productive and creative than in the past.