Elon Musk sets more in-office requirements at Twitter

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SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, June 13, 2019.

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A pair of new emails from Elon Musk to Twitter employees say managers should meet in-person employees at least monthly — even exceptional ones — and that managers could be fired for letting employees work remotely if they aren’t “exceptional.” “

In a pair of emails sent within the same hour on the afternoon of Nov. 17, Elon Musk said, “Regarding remote work, all it takes for approval is for your manager to take responsibility for making sure you have a makes an excellent contribution. You are also expected to have face-to-face meetings with your colleagues at a reasonable pace, ideally weekly, but no less than once a month.

Musk went on to threaten managers who fail to follow his guidelines.

“At the risk of saying the obvious, any manager who falsely claims that someone who reports to them does an excellent job or that a particular role is essential, remote or not, will leave the company.”

In the email, Musk provides no guidance on what constitutes “excellent work.”

The emails come after Musk completed a $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in late October and quickly moved to cut half of the company’s full-time workforce, representing about 3,700 jobs, and a large number of contractors.

One of Musk’s first moves was to reverse the company’s previous “work forever from home” policy, issued by a personal friend and collaborator of Musk’s, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

On Thursday, Musk wrote in a pair of team emails: “Going forward, to build groundbreaking Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we are going to have to be extremely hardcore. This means long hours of high intensity work. Only exceptional performance constitutes a pass.’

He also said he would be fine with people who are “performing at an exceptional level” keeping their distance if they don’t make it, but that he prefers working together in the office. But at the time, employees told CNBC that they had not received any formal guidance from HR about remote working.

Here are the emails, transcribed by CNBC:

From: Elon Musk

To: Team on Twitter

Date: November 17, 2022 [Time Stamp removed]

Subject re: Fork in the road

As for remote working, all it takes is approval
that your manager takes responsibility for this
you make an excellent contribution.

You are also expected to have face-to-face meetings with
your colleagues with a reasonable rhythm, ideally weekly,
but not less than once a month.

And:

From: Elon Musk

To: Team on Twitter

Date: November 17, 2022 [Time Stamp removed]

Subject re: Fork in the road

At the risk of saying the obvious, any manager who is wrong
claims that someone who reports to them is doing an excellent job
work or whether a particular role is essential, whether remote or not
not, will leave the company.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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