Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for his brash management style. He’s also known for having high expectations for his employees, though both Tesla and SpaceX have remained some of the most desirable places for prospective job seekers. In 2020, Tesla was ranked the most attractive place for engineering students to work at.
A consistent principle that Musk has held is to expect as much, if not more from his executives as he does regular employees working at his factories.
Many white-collar workers have attempted to take advantage of pandemic era accommodations to work from home by making them permanent.
Today, Musk said that the accommodation would not be available for white-collar employees at Tesla. He told them that if they did not get back in the office they could “pretend to work” somewhere else.
They should pretend to work somewhere else
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2022
“Elon Musk has told Tesla executives, in no uncertain terms, that they can no longer work remotely, Bloomberg reports.
Elaborating on an internal memo the Tesla CEO sent, Musk shared in a tweet that he has told his top executives that they must return to “the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla. This is less than we ask of factory workers.”
If that is not acceptable to any executive, then they are free to “pretend to work somewhere else,” Musk tweeted.
In the internal email with the subject line of “Remote work is no longer acceptble [sic],” Musk said that executives and others who return to the office must work from “a main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties (or) in another state.”