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Twitter has lost NINE PERCENT of its 8,200 employees since Elon Musk announced the acquisition

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Twitter has lost about nine percent of its 8,200 staffers in the months since Elon Musk announced his takeover offer, as many staffers have blamed the mogul’s behavior and public statements for their departure.

In late August, the company told staff that employee turnover — the percentage at which employees leave — was 18.3 percent. In general, companies prefer to keep that percentage close to 10 percent, especially in the perks-filled and high-paying tech industry.

And in a two-week period between late July and mid-August alone, some 300 workers left. Many did this because the stock options they acquired on Twitter were free to cash out and take on a new job.

But countless others at the famously awake company complained that Musk’s antics had prompted them to resign from the social network.

When Tesla’s CEO spoke to employees in June about his intention to buy the platform for $44 billion, there was already a big rumble of discontent from staffers and dozens had filed their notices.

Employees were told their jobs were safe for six months in April, but the company was reportedly banned from releasing new updates for fear that someone would “go rogue” and push something harmful out in response to Musk’s buyout.

Musk also hinted at the possibility of layoffs to cut costs and further destabilize the workforce. But he now wants out of the proposed $44 billion deal after claiming Twitter lied to him about the number of fake profiles on his site.

Twitter is suing him to finalize the deal, and the case will go to court in Delaware in October.

Twitter’s workforce totaled 7,500 in February, according to the company’s disclosures, and the company hired several hundred additional employees in the months that followed. However, people familiar with the hiring practices told Insider that the workforce has now shrunk by 9 percent.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal

Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Twitter employees have fled the company by the hundreds since Elon Musk, right, announced his takeover offer in April. Left: Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal

Twitter’s workforce totaled 7,500 in February, according to the company’s disclosures, and the company hired more employees in the following months.

That brought the total number of employees to approximately 8,200. However, the same number of people hired have since left the company, meaning the workforce has shrunk by 9 percent, according to Insider.

“We’re really starting to feel it now,” a current employee told the corporate publication, referring to the impact of attrition — when employees quit and aren’t replaced — on individual teams.

The person said some teams have lost up to a third of their staff.

“We’re really starting to feel it now,” a current employee told the corporate publication, referring to the impact of attrition — when employees quit and aren’t replaced — on individual teams.

Employees told Insider they receive “last day” emails and notes several times a week from colleagues leaving the company.

Twitter even cited the high staff turnover in the ongoing lawsuit with Musk as a detrimental effect of the mogul’s attempt to pull out of its planned buyout.

Many employees’ shares were fully vested in August, meaning they were able to redeem their shares, boosting sales even more, the sources reported to Insider.

Still, business leaders reportedly didn’t expect so many people to leave.

An employee told Insider that there are now “filler” positions, meaning a departing employee will be replaced as soon as possible, regardless of whether they have left the company or moved to a new position internally.

During the general meeting, Musk criticized the company’s work-from-home policy, reiterated his views on allowing people to say what they want on the platform, and said he hoped Twitter could reach a billion users worldwide – almost four times the current user base.

The California-based company currently has more than 150 open positions on LinkedIn.

“General morale is so low,” an employee who recently left Twitter told Insider. “But sure, people started leaving because of Elon.”

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