While many companies are faced with the challenge of returning employees to the office at a time when the health situation no longer justifies the maintenance of telework, Elon Musk, puts his feet in the dish. In a note emailed to employees, Tesla’s chief executive simply asked his employees to return to the office or leave the company,
“Anyone who wants to work remotely must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean a minimum) of 40 hours per week or leave Tesla,” reads the note that has been circulating on social media. Elon Musk will “review and approve” on a case-by-case basis the situation of those who cannot meet the stated minimum hours, according to this memo.
Like other large companies, Tesla has made it mandatory for its employees to return to the office. Google believes that returning to the office has a positive impact by promoting exchanges between colleagues, others have put in place permanent agreements on teleworking. On the other hand, at Twitter, employees could still work from home if they wished, even if the offices reopened.
Elon Musk’s statements come as some studies highlight the benefits of teleworking for businesses. It could perhaps stimulate long-term business productivity if it continues to be so widespread, underlined the National Productivity Council (CNP) in a report published recently. A one-point increase in the percentage of teleworking employees “would improve overall factor productivity on average by around 0.45%”, wrote the authors, based on a study by the Banque de France.
“By extrapolating this result to the overall level of the French economy, the increase in the proportion of teleworkers from around 5% in the pre-Covid period (4% of regular teleworkers in 2019, editor’s note) to 25% in the longer term ” would lead to an average gain in productivity of 5 to 9%. In addition, it is necessary to know how to dose the use of teleworking, underlines the CNP, so that “its positive effects on the efficiency of the workers outweigh the losses.” According to an OECD survey cited by the report, the optimal frequency of remote work would be “between two and three days a week”. A “hybrid” way of working which complicates the task of managers challenged to reconcile the advantages of teleworking (reduction of costs and travel times in particular) and their disadvantages (reduction of interactions between employees).
France: new frequency authorization for Starlink
The Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority (Arcep) announced on Thursday that it had granted a new authorization for the use of frequencies radioelectric at Starlink Internet Services to enable it to provide fixed Internet access via satellite in France. Starlink is the satellite internet access service launched by billionaire Elon Musk, founder of You’re here. Dn a press release, Arcep specifies that this authorization was granted following a public consultation, as required by the Council of State when it canceled, on April 5, a previous authorization to use frequencies granted to the American company. “The contributions to this public consultation have highlighted in particular the interest of the Starlink service in developing the connectivity of mobile ‘white zones’ or poorly served by fiber networks”, reads the press release.