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A TESLA employee claims the company is taking excessive measures to monitor in-office attendance.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been blunt about his distaste for remote work and he’s reportedly making employees who disagree feel it.
On May 31, Musk sent an email to executives that said “Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla.”
He told Twitter workers that only employees who produced “exceptional work” would be allowed to work from home.
A Tesla employee claims that the company is tracking their ID badges and contacting employees who are not in the office at least 16 days a month.
“This feels wrong. I can’t quite put it into words why it bothers me, it feels like it’s an overstep. It’s controlling. Its disrespectful,” the Tesla employee wrote on the anonymous message board Blind.
There are more than five million tech-industry employees using Blind with just their employer as identifiers.
A Blind user who works for Yelp responded: “Founders like Elon think long term for their product and short term for their employees… same with Bezos and Amazon. It won’t last too long”
An Amazon employee and Tesla owner sided with Musk:
“As a Tesla owner, I can safely say the software quality is garbage and this is a necessary move by Elon to fix a group of workers that aren’t accomplishing anything. If it bothers you then leave and stop acting so entitled. Someone equally (if not more) qualified for the position will join who likes in-person work.”
Musk’s companies have reinvented industries and made many people rich along the way.
His own personal work ethic is well-documented – but so is his tough reputation as a boss.
SpaceX employees building the Falcon-1 on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean had to refuse to work until supply a drop of chicken and cigarettes arrived.
In 2021, Musk sent an anti-union tweet that violated labor law.
A Twitter lawyer openly cried during a meeting after Musk’s acquisition terms were accepted.
One Blind commenter put working for Musk in plainer terms with a rhetorical question.
“Did you not realize the CEO was a meme lord union buster when you joined?”