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Tesla Inc’s TSLAO CEO Elon Musk has asked employees to return to the office or leave the company, according to an email sent to employees Tuesday night and seen by Reuters.

“Everyone at Tesla should spend at least 40 hours in the office per week,” Musk said in the email.

“If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you quit.”

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

Big tech companies in Silicon Valley are not asking workers to return to their offices full-time, in the face of resistance from some workers and a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

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


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“There are of course companies that don’t order it, but when was the last time you shipped a great new product? It’s been a while,” Musk said in the email.

“Tesla has built and will indeed make the most exciting and meaningful products for any company on earth. It won’t happen by phone.”

One of Musk’s followers on Twitter posted another email that Musk apparently sent to executives asking them to work in the office for at least 40 hours a week or to “leave Tesla.”


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In response to this tweet, the billionaire, who agreed to make Twitter Inc TWTR.N private in a $44 billion deal, said, “They should pretend to work elsewhere.”

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In May 2020, Musk reopened the Tesla plant in Fremont, California, defying Alameda County’s lockdown measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Tesla reported 440 cases at the plant from May to December 2020, according to county data obtained by legal information site Plainsite.

Last year, Musk rocket company SpaceX reported 132 cases of COVID-19 at its headquarters in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, according to county data.

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While some large employers have permanently embraced volunteering from home policies, others, including Alphabet Inc’s GOOGL.O Google, are betting that it’s best to push in-person interactions between colleagues.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal tweeted in March that Twitter offices will reopen but employees can still work from home if they wish.

– Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin in San Francisco and Teichi Data in Bengaluru



2022-06-01 18:01:42

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