According to Reuters, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to the executives of the company saying that Tesla needs to “cut staff by around 10%” due to the “super bad feeling” he has about the economy. The e-mail seen by Reuters was titled “pause all hiring worldwide” and was sent on Thursday, June 2.
Earlier this week, Musk had sent another e-mail to the executives regarding changes in the remote work rules. Tesla’s CEO said that executives should be in the office for 40 hours per week, at least.
“Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean minimum) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla. This is less than we ask of factory workers,” he said.
When asked about additional comments, Tesla CEO tweeted “They [workers] should pretend to work somewhere else”. Later on the day, Musk sent another e-mail to clarify the situation adding that “the more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence”.
“That is why I lived in the factory so much – so that those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I had not done that, Tesla would long ago have gone bankrupt.”
“There are of course companies that don’t require this, but when was the last time they shipped a great new product? It’s been a while. Tesla has and will create and actually manufacture the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on Earth. This will not happen by phoning it in,” Musk concluded.