Elon Musk bans remote work on Twitter in first email to staff

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According to Bloomberg, employees who want to work remotely will need to have their request personally approved by Musk.
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It is clear that Twitter owner and supreme ruler Elon Musk has no problem bombing its employees with bad news. In his first email to the remaining staff not fired on Wednesday, Musk allegedly ended Twitter’s permanent remote work policy and said employees should be in the office for at least 40 hours. per week.

Musk’s move to end remote work was reported by Bloomberg, who got access to the email. Although the Twitter owner’s decision is not surprising: he previously told Twitter staff that he was opposed to remote working and famously fought for keep Tesla factories open to the pinnacle of the pandemic: yet another blow to the company’s abused staff, who have withstood months of uncertainty, massive layoffsand, more recently, Musk casual management style.

The former CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey, who recently quibble with Musk on the platform for changing the name of its community fact-checking system from “Birdwatch” to “Community Notes”, announced that staff could work from home “forever” in the early months of the pandemic in May 2020. However, Twitter had begun work to offer a more flexible work-from-home policy, at Dorsey’s request. from 2018.

As told by Bloomberg, Musk said the remote working ban will go into effect immediately. Remote work would only be allowed if he personally approved it. This isn’t the first time Musk has shown frustration with Twitter’s work culture. Earlier this month, he canceled the company’s monthly magazine “day of rest” for workers, which it introduced during the pandemic.

Gizmodo reached out to Twitter Thursday morning to confirm whether the information reported on Musk’s email to workers was accurate but received no response at the time of publication.

“The road ahead is a tough one and it will require intense work to be successful,” Musk said in his email to staff, according to Bloomberg.

In addition to addressing the company’s remote work policy, Musk would also share some of his long-term goals with employees. He stated that he he wants subscriptions to account for half of Twitter’s revenue. When it comes to priorities in the coming days, “the top priority is to find and suspend any verified bots / trolls / spam,” said the Twitter owner.

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