Billionaire Elon Musk said on Sunday that his staff at Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX could work from home if it was not logistically possible to come to the office.
Musk made the statement while responding to a post on the microblogging site Twitter from an Ireland-based worker who said he had been told to return to the office from tomorrow.
The worker wrote: ‘As I’m sure you know, Elon Musk recently bought Twitter and is making some tough and drastic changes which affect the lives of hundreds of Irish employees. The most recent of these decisions is that all employees must be in the office by Monday. Many of us work across the country and are unable to do so. It’s in the midst of a housing crisis that Musk has absolutely no idea about, and it’s nearly impossible to move to Dublin so quickly. This subjects us to an intense amount of stress and uncertainty and unfortunately.
He also said: “There is nothing we can do about it. One of the only things Elon seems to be reacting to is his own ego and feeling unpopular on Twitter.
Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX, responded that he was not ordering people back to the office.
He tweeted: “Wrong. Anyone who can be in post should be. However, if it’s not logistically possible or they have essential personal belongings, then staying home is fine .
The billionaire added that “Working remotely is also acceptable if their manager vouches for excellence. Same policy as Tesla and SpaceX.
Recently, Musk informed staff, via email, that he was permanently ending the “work from home” scheme. In his letter to employees, Musk reportedly asked employees to prepare for “difficult times ahead.”
Musk previously eliminated “days off” from Twitter employee calendars. “Days off” are monthly days that employees can take to rest and recharge.
Musk reportedly asked employees to work 40 hours a week. He said he would only let employees work remotely on a case-by-case basis.
Musk, who is not a big fan of working from home, had also asked Tesla employees to return to the office. He threatened the employees with dire consequences if they did not return to the office.