While Elon Musk orders Tesla employees back into the office, many tech companies are doing the opposite |  CBC News

While Elon Musk orders Tesla employees back into the office, many tech companies are doing the opposite | CBC News

A strongly worded internal email, apparently sent by Elon Musk ordering Tesla employees to either return to the office or leave, raises many eyebrows at a time when employees increasingly seek flexible working arrangements.

In a screenshot of the emailOn Twitter, the world’s richest man warns employees at his electric car company that remote work is no longer acceptable.

musk Reply to the email leaked on Twitter They said that people who think coming to work is outdated “should pretend to work elsewhere.”

Just two days after this order was issued, Reuters reported that Musk sent an email to executives titled “Pause All Recruitment Worldwide.” In the email, he said he had a “very bad feeling” about the economy and needed to cut about 10 percent of jobs at Tesla.

The company and its subsidiaries employ approximately 100,000 people.

The hard-line approach to working arrangements of the controversial billionaire, who once tweeted “Stupid coronavirus panicIt contrasts sharply with the way some other CEOs – particularly in the tech and startup world – are dealing with this latest phase of working in a pandemic. New research also suggests that this is something that employees value as much as employees, and can also contribute to diversity. at work.

Vancouver-based businessman Greg Gunn said he would give Musk credit for being very clear about what he wants from his employees.

“It’s a movement of power,” Gan said. “Tesla has historically been a great place to work and a desirable place to work.”

But, he said, Musk is ultimately in favor of an “old-fashioned way of building business.” In the end he finds it disappointing.

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Hybrid work is the norm where office workers fall back

On the streets of downtown Toronto Monday morning, a number of workers spoke to CBC on their way to the office. Although their circumstances were different, they were generally happy to be back, and expected a combination of office life and work from home to be their standard from now on.

Jan co-founded a Canadian company commit In 2019, which has always been quite a long way off. The career network, which has no physical headquarters, is an online community where startup engineers get paid to find their next career opportunity.

As someone who is very much in favor of remote workplaces, Gunn said this approach allows him to hire the best people for the job, no matter where they live.

It also removes obstacles that can make it difficult for some people to integrate into the physical workspace, he said.

“There’s the exact politics and social capital that you have to gain in an office that, if you’re a supervisor or maybe you have some neurodiversity trait, creates barriers.”

Public service in Ontario is more flexible than Musk

While remote work is impossible or impractical in many areas of work, such as healthcare and education, different sectors are offering different options for employees in this final phase of the pandemic.

Even outside the tech sector, Musk’s approach to enforcing full-time office work is stricter than some traditional workplaces.

The Ontario public service, which has about 60,000 government employees, has so far required employees who have been working remotely to come to the office at least three days a week.

“OPS remains committed to providing employees with flexibility,” Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat spokesman Kyle Richardson said in an email to CBC News.

Some of the bureaucrats working in Queens Park in Toronto, pictured here on June 18, 2021, have more flexible work options than Tesla employees (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Canadian insurer Intact Financial has gone further, recently launching what it calls a “hybrid world model,” which allows teams to discuss and plan when they will work from home and when they will work in the office.

Meanwhile, in the highly competitive technology industry, flexible working arrangements are used as a means of recruiting talent.

Video game company Ubisoft Montreal, for example, is now a 100 percent mixed-use business and does not mandate minimum office hours.

“Our employees have the choice of coming as they want or staying at home,” Antoine Leduc-Label, director of public relations, said in an email to CBC News.

At video game company Ubisoft Montreal, employees have the option to work from home or come to the office as they please. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

AirBnb has taken a similar approach, announcing That the vast majority of employees would be allowed to live and work anywhere they wanted, given that the pandemic ended up being the “most productive two-year period” in the company’s history.

Limiting the company’s workforce to people who live within the commuting circle will only hurt the talent pool, said Brian Chesky, CEO of the online vacation rental platform.

“Today’s startups have embraced remote work and flexibility, and I believe this will become the dominant way we all work 10 years from now. This is where the world is headed,” he said in an email sent to employees in April.

“This won’t work.”

Jose Maria Barreiro, co-founder of the WFH (Work from Home) research project, said his instinctive reaction to Musk’s approach was “that this wouldn’t work well for Tesla.”

He’s been polling Americans monthly with other academic researchers since the pandemic began to gather information about people’s attitudes toward work arrangements.

Overall, Barreiro said, data suggests that flexible working arrangements are as valuable as a 10 percent wage increase for most people. He said the group’s research indicates that women, as well as racial and ethnic minorities, tend to prefer working from home.

In the tech industry and beyond, many companies offer a variety of mixed work arrangements that range from options with a minimum number of working days in the office to completely flexible options. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

He added the caveat that a single comprehensive approach to working arrangements across an entire company may not be optimal.

Instead, he suggested, it would be better for companies to consider working arrangements for roles, based on whether someone was working on the factory floor versus developing computer code.

“I think companies are asking people to go back to work [in office] Full time they ignore this and are essentially setting themselves up for employees to call their scams,” Barrero said.

It’s hard to put the genie back in the bottle

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has endorsed the new standard directly at His most recent annual shareholder letter“It is clear that working from home will become more permanent in American business,” he wrote.

Damon said he expects nearly 40 percent of his employees will continue to work under a hybrid model with varying flexibility.

For many who work in desk jobs, Barrero said, things will likely never return to the way they were before the pandemic.

“It’s very difficult to put the genie back in the bottle,” Barreiro said.

2022-06-03 08:00:00

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