Elon Musk has bitten Australian tech billionaire Scott Farquhar after telling the Tesla mogul his demands for staff to return to the office were “a 1950s thing.”
Mr Musk emailed his staff on Tuesday to say everyone should “work in the office at least 40 hours a week or leave Tesla” in an email that was subsequently leaked to the public.
The charged Tesla tycoon then doubled down on his threat, sending a second email in which he wrote: “If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you’ve resigned.”
Laid-back Australian billionaire Scott Farquhar (pictured right) took the opportunity to share how working from home helped his company attract ‘talent’
An unamused Elon Musk (pictured) hit back at Atlassian’s co-founder, threatening that the recession would “cleanse” the economy, implying Atlassian would be caught in such a case
Co-founder of Australian tech giant Atlassian, Mr Farquhar, who is ranked as Australia’s third richest man, has destroyed Mr Musk’s email in a series of tweets.
News from (Elon Musk) & (Tesla) today feels like something out of the 1950s: “Everyone at Tesla is required to spend at least 40 hours a week in the office.” Very different approach to what we do at Atlassian and here’s why,” he tweeted.
The Aussie mogul then took the opportunity to brag about his company’s evolving remote work capabilities.
He said Atlassian gets its staff from all over the world before making an ironic jab at Mr Musk’s EV company.
“We are focused on growing Atlassian to 25,000 employees in FY26. Are Tesla employees interested?’ he said.
The annoyed multi-billionaire uttered a strange threat to Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar
The Tesla CEO shot back at the thread, writing: “The above series of tweets illustrates (sic) why recessions have a vital economic cleansing function.”
In the past, Mr. Musk has vehemently supported draconian work requirements and criticized Americans’ work ethic, instead speaking fondly of Chinese workers.
“They (Chinese workers) won’t even leave the factory-like thing, while people in America are trying to avoid going to work,” Musk told the newspaper. Financial times†
Comments on the thread also criticized the outspoken tech boss.
‘Result-oriented instead of time-oriented. Makes too much sense. More time and more restrictions don’t equal (sic) more/better results,” one user weighed.
Australian billionaire Scott Farquhar made an ironic offer to Tesla employees on Twitter
“You realized that if you get value from good staff/smart/capable/competent people, you have to trust them. The rest will come naturally. (Elon Musk) is hardworking and thinks by forcing talents to work more, he can extract more value that was not right in modern workers. It won’t last!’ said one critic.
‘At least 40 hours???? No one should work more than 38. Don’t you have unions in the states? Work life balance? So glad I’m in Australia, 38 hours a week, 4 weeks paid vacation, 2 weeks sick leave, 3 months paid parental leave,” wrote one Australian worker.
Others jumped on the multibillionaire’s defense.
‘Isn’t 40 hours the same as a normal working week? So then you ask for at least a normal working week and then it sounds like an option for overtime. What is wrong with that?’ wrote one.
“When you find someone at Tesla who works 40 hours, you dream. Or SpaceX. But if your leader steps in with you and does 100 hours… It’s part of the mission,” said another Musk follower.
Musk’s full second email reconfirmed his commitment to statements in the previous post — and seemed to take a shot at waking up Silicon Valley companies for their distancing policies in the process.
“The office should be where your real colleagues are, not some remote pseudo-office,” it reads, repeating claims from the earlier email that staff should only be allowed to work from home if they work 40 hours a week. office worked.
Musk then stated, “If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you’ve resigned.”
Outspoken CEO Elon Musk has now sent a second email to Tesla staff, clarifying a previous allegation sent to executives saying they will be fired unless they return to the office full-time.
“Everyone at Tesla is required to spend at least 40 hours a week in the office,” Musk wrote in a second email sent to staff hours after the first, which was leaked and widely shared.
The email goes on to clarify statements from Musk — who has expressed his opposition to remote work in the past — in the previous email, sent to the automaker’s senior staff at 1:19 p.m., shown by screenshots.
“The higher you are, the more visible your presence should be,” Musk wrote.
“That’s why I lived in the factory so much so that the people on the line could see me working next to them. If I hadn’t, Tesla would have been bankrupt long ago.
“Of course there are companies that don’t need this,” wrote the CEO, “but when was the last time they delivered a great new product? It has been a while.’
“Tesla has and will create and manufacture the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on the planet.”
Mr. Musk added, “If there are any particularly exceptional contributors for whom this is impossible, I will directly review and approve those exceptions.”
Responding to a question on Twitter from a follower if he has a comment to “people who think work is an old-fashioned concept,” Mr. Musk winked, “They should pretend they work elsewhere.”
The message was sent hours after this leaked email was sent to employees with the misspelled subject line “remote work is no longer acceptable.” Musk wrote that executives who want to work remotely must be in the office at least 40 hours a week ‘or leave Tesla’
Elon Musk doubled down on his new leaked work-from-home ultimatum sent to Tesla staff on Tuesday in the new message, appearing to be taking a shot at waking up Silicon Valley companies like Google and Apple for their lax remote work policies in the method
In April, staff at Tesla’s Gigafactory had to sleep at work as production resumed after a three-week shutdown.
The factory began operating as a ‘closed loop system’ to prevent further closures as a result of China’s strict Zero Covid policy.
Workers were given a sleeping bag and mattress and part of the factory floor to camp on.
Responding to a question on Twitter from a follower if he has a comment to “people who think work is an outdated concept,” Musk wrote back: “They should pretend they work somewhere else.”
Each employee was given food for about $63 a day, but they were expected to work 12 hours a day, with a day off every six days.
Before the temporary measures were introduced, staff reportedly worked eight hours a day with four days on and two days off.
Before the Shanghai shutdown on March 28, the Gigafactory produced 2,000 cars a day and made half of the vehicles the company shipped worldwide last year.
Last month, Mr. Musk, who is currently negotiating with Twitter to buy the social media giant, seemingly targeted the company’s lax remote work policy.
He said he asked his Twitter followers if he should convert the Silicon Valley headquarters into a shelter for the homeless “since nobody shows up anyway.”