'To Be Super Clear': Elon Musk orders employees working from home to return to office

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The Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk has ordered his employees working from home to return to work.

The world's richest man made the tough call through an email titled "To be super clear" he sent late Tuesday to "Everybody" at his electric-car company.

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Musk's employees had repeatedly protested against Return to Work policies and long commutes.

Musk wrote, "The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence.

"That is why I lived in the factory so much -- so that those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I had not done that, Tesla would long ago have gone bankrupt."

He wrote in the email that "Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week."

He added, "Moreover, the office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo office. If you don't show up, we will assume you have resigned."

Snippet of Elon Musk's email to his employee
Snippet of Elon Musk's email to his employee

The Tesla boss is believed to be tough on his American employees after praising the Tesla China employees last week for "burning the 3 am oil."

He scolded the American employees for "trying to avoid going to work at all."
Bloomberg reports that "thousands of the Shanghai employees had been locked in for months, working 12-hours shifts, six days a week.

"Until recently, many were sleeping on the factory floor as part of a closed-loop system meant to keep covid out and cars rolling off the production line.

"Workers brought in to bring the factory back up to speed are being shuttled between the facility and sleeping quarters -- either unused factories or an old military camp -- with day- and night-shift workers sharing beds in makeshift dorms."

Musk had also emailed his executive staff demanding they remain in the main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties.

A curious fan queried the Tesla boss to tell people what he thought about the idea that going back to work is an antiquated concept; he tweeted, "They should pretend to work somewhere else."

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