Return to work or resign!!!
During a recent staff meeting, Elon Musk was secretly recorded giving that ultimatum to remote-working Twitter employees while discussing plans for a 40-hour work week. As you may recall, in order to meet Musk’s aggressive demands following his $44 billion purchase of the company, some employees worked 12-hour shifts seven days a week.
ABC News released a clip from the heated recording on Thursday night… and Musk can clearly be heard laying down the law.
“Let me be crystal clear, if people do not return to the office when they are able to return to the office — they cannot remain at the company. End of story,” Musk pointedly says on the audio.
A Twitter employee responds… “Even if people returned to work. We won’t be in person anyway because the offices are distinct.”
But Musk isn’t having any of it… “You can still increase your in-person involvement.”
To emphasise his point, he compares Twitter to his other company, Tesla: “Tesla is not one place either, but you know, it’s basically if you can, if you can show up at an office and you don’t show up at the office, resignation accepted!”
Musk goes on to say plenty of Tesla employees work remotely, but they are “exceptions” and “exceptional people.” He ends with … “I totally understand if that doesn’t work for some people. But that’s the new philosophy for Twitter.”
The world’s richest man recently cleaned house at Twitter, slashing half the workforce. The fired employees sued Musk for violating federal and California laws by not giving them proper notice before they were canned and offering them unfair severance packages.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney for the laid-off workers, told ABC News she will use the audio clip as evidence to show Musk is eliminating remote work to avoid paying employees without giving them proper notice — a violation of the WARN Act.
Meanwhile, Musk also announced Twitter may fall into bankruptcy if more people don’t sign up for his $7.99 monthly subscription service to offset slumping ad sales.
Elon Musk Fires Half The Staff At Twitter, Employees File Suit