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Tesla CEO Elon Musk declares war on ‘work from home’

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The world’s richest man is not a fan of work from home and now he’s given his executive staff an ultimatum: Return to the office or find another job. Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly sent the demand in a leaked email to his executive staff Tuesday.

The email, which has circulated online, reads, “Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours a week or depart Tesla. This is less than we ask of factory workers.”

In the email, Musk noted that some rare exceptions may apply on a case by case basis.

The CEO appeared to validate the email on Twitter, replying to a question on the email about people who think coming into the office is an antiquated concept.

“They should pretend to work somewhere else,” he tweeted.

Musk’s stance is not quite a surprise. Last week, he said, “All the Covid stay-at-home stuff has tricked people into thinking that you don’t actually need to work hard. Rude awakening inbound!”

Tesla has a reputation of being a tough place to work and has been the target of multiple workplace harassment lawsuits, including one where a judge ordered the company to pay $137 million in damages.

But as other CEOs tiptoe around the return-to-office debate, Musk is diving in head first. And with Twitter operating under a “work from home forever” policy, one has to wonder what will happen there if Musk’s acquisition goes through.

THE WORLD’S RICHEST MAN IS NOT A FAN OF WORK FROM HOME – AND NOW HE’S GIVEN HIS EXECUTIVE STAFF AN ULTIMATUM.

RETURN TO THE OFFICE – OR FIND ANOTHER JOB.

TESLA CEO ELON MUSK REPORTEDLY SENT THIS LEAKED EMAIL TO HIS EXECUTIVE STAFF TUESDAY – SAYING ANYONE WHO WISHES TO DO REMOTE WORK TOTALLY CAN – AFTER THEY’VE BEEN IN THE OFFICE A MINIMUM OF 40 HOURS A WEEK. DON’T LIKE IT? LEAVE.

NOTING RARE EXCEPTIONS MAY APPLY.

MUSK APPEARED TO VALIDATE THE EMAIL ON TWITTER – REPLYING TO THIS QUESTION ABOUT PEOPLE WHO THINK COMING INTO THE OFFICE IS ANTIQUATED.

SAYING THEY SHOULD PRETEND TO WORK SOMEWHERE ELSE.

HIS STANCE IS NOT QUITE A SURPRISE – LAST WEEK HE SAID “ALL THE COVID STAY-AT-HOME STUFF HAS TRICKED PEOPLE INTO THINKING THAT YOU DON’T ACTUALLY NEED TO WORK HARD.”

AND TESLA ALREADY HAS A REPUTATION OF BEING A TOUGH PLACE TO WORK.

BUT AS OTHER CEOS TIPTOE AROUND THE RETURN TO OFFICE DEBATE – MUSK IS DIVING IN HEAD FIRST.

BEGGING THE QUESTION: WILL TWITTER’S WORK FROM HOME FOREVER POLICY BE HIS NEXT TARGET?

IN NEW YORK FOR JUST BUSINESS I’M SIMONE DEL ROSARIO.

The world’s richest man is not a fan of work from home and now he’s given his executive staff an ultimatum: Return to the office or find another job. Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly sent the demand in a leaked email to his executive staff Tuesday.

The email, which has circulated online, reads, “Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours a week or depart Tesla. This is less than we ask of factory workers.”

In the email, Musk noted that some rare exceptions may apply on a case by case basis.

The CEO appeared to validate the email on Twitter, replying to a question on the email about people who think coming into the office is an antiquated concept.

“They should pretend to work somewhere else,” he tweeted.

Musk’s stance is not quite a surprise. Last week, he said, “All the Covid stay-at-home stuff has tricked people into thinking that you don’t actually need to work hard. Rude awakening inbound!”

Tesla has a reputation of being a tough place to work and has been the target of multiple workplace harassment lawsuits, including one where a judge ordered the company to pay $137 million in damages.

But as other CEOs tiptoe around the return-to-office debate, Musk is diving in head first. And with Twitter operating under a “work from home forever” policy, one has to wonder what will happen there if Musk’s acquisition goes through.

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