Elon Musk tells Tesla staff: Return to the office or leave

June 1 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc. (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk has sent an email to employees asking them to return to the office or leave the company.

“Everyone at Tesla must spend at least 40 hours a week in the office,” Musk wrote in an email Tuesday night.

“If you do not come, we will assume that you have resigned.”

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“The more senior you are, the more you need to know your presence,” Musk wrote. “That’s why I lived in the factory so much – so those in line could see me working with them. If I hadn’t done that, Tesla would have gone bankrupt a long time ago.

Two sources confirmed the authenticity of the email reviewed by Reuters. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

Faced with opposition from some workers and a resurgence of corona virus cases in California, major technology companies in Silicon Valley say workers do not have to return to full-time office.

Tesla has relocated its headquarters to Austin, Texas, but its engineering base and one of its factories are located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Of course there are companies that don’t need it, but when was the last time they sent out a great new product? It’s been a while,” Musk wrote in the email.

“Tesla will create and really produce the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on earth. It does not happen by phone.”

One of Musk’s Twitter followers posted another email asking Musk executives to work at least 40 hours a week or “leave Tesla.”

In response to this tweet, the millionaire who agreed to take over Twitter (TWTR.N) Private said in the $ 44 billion deal, “They have to act like they’re working somewhere else.”

Some Tesla workers have expressed dissatisfaction with Musk’s recent comments on the anonymous processor Blind, asking users to register using the company’s email as proof of employment in companies.

“If there is a mass outflow, how will Tesla’s plans end? I do not think investors will be happy about it,” a Tesla employee wrote.

“I’m waiting for him to back down very soon,” another worker posted.

A group of California-based labor lawyers attacked Musk’s return to office.

“Employers, including the state government, have found that forcing all employees to retire is a recipe for an explosion,” Stephen Knight, managing director of Orchard, wrote in an email to Reuters.

“Unfortunately, Tesla’s disregard for labor safety is well documented, including their violation of the district public health department at the onset of the epidemic,” he wrote.

In May 2020, Musk reopened a Tesla factory in Fremont, California, in defiance of Alameda County’s locking measures to control the spread of the corona virus. From May to December 2020, 440 cases were reported at the Tesla factory, according to district data obtained by legal information site FlightSite.

Last year, Musk’s rocket company SpaceX filed 132 Covit-19 cases at its headquarters in Hawthorn, a Los Angeles area, according to county data.

Musk has previously downplayed the risks of the corona virus, saying that “corona virus panic is dumb” and that children are “basically immune” to the corona virus. Then he got Govit-19 twice.

Musk said last month that “the American people are trying to avoid going to work, while Chinese workers are not even giving up” factory-type things. “

“They will burn the oil at 3am,” he told a conference.

Tesla’s Shanghai factory has been making every effort to increase production following the closure of the Chinese Economic Center, which was forced to close for 22 days.

While some large employers permanently adopt the policies of volunteering from home, others, including Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL.O) Google is asking employees to gradually return to the office.

Alphabet advises employees to be in the office at least three days a week from the beginning of April, but many employees are fully allowed to work long distances.

Twitter CEO Barack Agarwal tweeted on Twitter in March that Twitter offices would reopen, but that employees could work from home if they wished.

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Report by Hyunju Jin in San Francisco and Tiyashi Dutta in Bangalore; Additional Report by Paresh Dave; Editing by Anil de Silva, Jonathan Odyssey and Howard Koller

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