Musk rises up against smart working at Tesla: “Work on site or resign”

It cannot be said that he sent them to say, Elon Muskto the men of Tesla. Colleagues from they would get their hands on two emails in which the CEO who earned the most in 2021 effectively forces employees to return to the office. Otherwise, we read, “we will assume that you are discharged”.

Actually, we could also do without the conditional, because Musk on his favorite stage, Twitter, not only did he not deny the news but he increased the dose: “They would do well to pretend they work elsewhere”wrote in response to one of the many accounts that cited one of the two emails.


Like so many other companies, Tesla has also made massive use to smart working to continue its activities during the crudest period of the pandemic. But now that the contagion curves are decreasing and the restrictions are increasingly rare goods, at least in the West, Musk expects everyone to return home starting with the most “elderly” who are responsible for setting an example.

Unless there are exceptional reasons that make it impossible to return: “[in quel caso] I will examine and approve these exceptions personally “, it is written in the first of the two emails with a tone that is obviously not very conciliatory.

Anyone wishing to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean * minimum *) of 40 hours a week or else they can leave Tesla.


Reading the first email – subject: “Smart working is no longer acceptable” – it cannot be said that Musk was unclear, but for the avoidance of doubt, Tesla’s number one enriched the communication to his followers by sending a second one, concerning To be super clear. It begins like this:

Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week in the office. Also, the office should be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo-office. If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you’re discharged.

In the following passage Musk explains that older employees need to be seen more than others, finding space for a sentence to refresh his ego:

The older you are, the more visible your presence must be. That’s why I spent so much time at the factory so that those in line could see me working alongside them. If I hadn’t done so, Tesla would have gone bankrupt a long time ago.


In closing, the South African sought to legitimize his view on Tesla’s operations while also trying to stimulate his own. Stick and carrot.

There are certainly companies that do not require it (face-to-face work, ed), but when was the last time they brought a fantastic new product to market? Some time has passed.

Tesla has, will create and is already creating the most exciting and meaningful products of any other company on Earth. This will not happen by phoning.

Thanks, Elon.