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Elon Musk does not want telework and requires at least 40 hours a week in the office


Elon Musk really doesn’t like working from home and he made it known in an internal email sent to Tesla employees broadcast on Reddit and authenticated by several people. The boss of the exclusively electric manufacturer is not known for his great diplomacy and this is reflected in the tone of the message, which is quite violent:

All Tesla employees are required to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week in the office. Besides, the office is where your real colleagues are located, not a so-called remote office. If you do not come, we will consider that you have resigned.

He is not in the lace and this rule must apply to all, as much to the workers in the factories who would in any case find it very difficult to do differently than to all the staff who work in offices. This is also valid for the executive, and even more so for them, as Elon Musk points out, noting that ” The higher you are in the hierarchy, the more your presence should be visible. “. In another email reserved for executives, he adds that the only deviations from the rule will be ” spectacularly exceptional » and above all approved on a case-by-case basis by him.

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Rare photo of Elon Musk neither behind his desk nor in one of his factories (photo Haddad Media (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)).

Far from 35 hours or the right to disconnect, Elon Musk has a vision of work that is as retrograde as his cars can be innovative. His ideal is Severance rather the Tesla factory in Shanghai, where the workers work and sleep on site, chaining work rotations so that production never stops. Who needs to be entertained, to do some exercise, to have a family or social life or even to sleep, when he can change the world by producing cars?

Not Elon Musk in any case, who himself lived in the Californian factory in Fremont to improve the production rate of the Model 3 in its infancy. A choice that allowed him to single-handedly save the company from bankruptcy, well anyway, that’s what he says. Tesla employees will have no choice but to submit to the vision of “Technoking” or to look elsewhere. The CEO is convinced that it is only under these conditions that innovation is possible:

There are companies that don’t require this, of course, but when have they released an awesome new product? It’s been a while.

Tesla has created and manufactured the most exciting and important products on the planet and will continue to do so. But that won’t happen by doing things by halves.

Elon Musk does not name any company where teleworking is possible and which has not released anything interesting recently. We think of Apple, regularly and unfairly criticized for its lack of innovation since the death of Steve Jobs, but the company managed by Tim Cook is not the biggest fan of telework either. It has forced its American employees to come back face-to-face for at least part of the week, even if it means losing important employees if they refuse the new organization.

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