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“Pretend to work somewhere else” Musk wants to end remote work

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According to a note issued to employees, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has encouraged employees to return to the office or "appear to work somewhere else." According to Nick Bloom, a Stanford economics professor and co-founder of the Working from Home Research Project, about 30% of US office workers still work from home. Many businesses are adopting a hybrid work paradigm in which employees work two or three days each week. However, the world's richest man appears to be opposed to his executives working from home. "Anyone who chooses to conduct remote work must be in the office for a least (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or exit Tesla," Musk said in a message titled "Remote work is no longer acceptable”. This is less than what factory workers are expected to do." Musk and Tesla have not acknowledged that the letter was issued, but in response to a Twitter follower who asked for an "extra message to folks who think coming to work is an obsolete concept," Musk wrote: "They should pretend to work somewhere else." https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1531867103854317568?s=20&t=Dw9iPzfzpTUWB9dVGZzgFA Musk stated in the memo that he would "evaluate and approve" any circumstances where employees were unable to achieve the minimum requirements. Tesla is the latest company to require employees to return to work. While some large companies have made voluntary work-from-home arrangements permanent, others, such as Alphabet's Google, believe it is ideal to encourage in-person contact between coworkers. The announcement comes as Musk pursues an acquisition of Twitter, whose San Francisco headquarters he has indicated should be converted into a "homeless refuge" because "no one shows there anyhow." Twitter's CEO, Parag Agrawal, announced in March that the company's headquarters will reopen, but that workers could still work from home if they so desired. In a tweet, Agrawal stated, "Wherever you feel most productive and creative is where you will work, and that includes working from home full-time forever." Musk's threat to fire Tesla employees when he returns to work has sparked a Twitter feud with Australian billionaire Scott Farquhar. Elon Musk's directive for Tesla employees to return to work has triggered a Twitter feud with Atlassian CEO Scott Farquhar, who stated he would be pleased to poach Musk's employees for remote working opportunities. https://twitter.com/scottfarkas/status/1532188222511775744?s=20&t=t9jAr64rEoWkpZ-TpuaLFg Atlassian, on the other hand, assured its staff in mid-2020 that they would never have to return to work. The company later stated that the work-from-home option had helped recruit talent in a labor market that had tightened due to qualified workers being unable to enter Australia on work visas during the pandemic. "This is how we shall work in the future." Highly dispersed and adaptable. Yes, it's not great right now, but we'll keep experimenting until we get it right," he tweeted. "In the last year, 42% of our new hires around the world reside 2 hours or more from an office." Great talent may be found all around the world, not simply within a one-hour drive of our offices." [caption id="attachment_37978" align="alignnone" width="742"] Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar (left) tweeted that Elon Musk’s demand that Tesla staff return to the office for at least 40 hours a week ‘feels like something out of the 1950s’.[/caption] He asked Tesla employees whether they were interested by tweeting a link to Atlassian's careers page. "The preceding series of tweets illustrate why recessions serve a key economic cleansing role," Musk responded to the thread. "Hard to think it's been 20 years since we began Atlassian (in a recession), but we're just getting started!" Farquhar subsequently tweeted. ” Atlassian’s careers page now has a banner that reads: “Welcome Tesla friends, we’re Atlassian and we work from anywhere. Apply now.” Musk is still aiming to acquire Twitter, which has allowed workers to work from home despite reopening its offices. Musk proposed that Twitter's San Francisco headquarters be converted into a "homeless shelter" because "no one shows up anyway."