It is clear that Elon Musk, the Twitter owner, has no problem sending his employees bad news. Musk claimed that he had ended Twitter’s permanent remote working policy. He also stated that employees should be at the office at least 40 hours per week.
Bloomberg reported Musk’s decision to stop remote work. They had access to the email. Although the owner of Twitter isn’t surprising, he had previously stated that he opposed remote work to Twitter employees and was known to have fought to keep Tesla factories open during the height of the pandemic; it’s another blow to the company. The staff has been through months of uncertainty, significant layoffs, and most recently, Musk’s haphazard management style.
Twitter’s former CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey have recently argued with Musk over the platform’s decision to change the name of its community fact-checking system from “Birdwatch” to “Community Notes.” In May 2020, Dorsey announced that employees could work remotely for as long as they wanted in the initial months of the pandemic. Twitter has been working on a flexible work-from-home policy since 2018, at Dorsey’s request.
Bloomberg reported that Musk stated that the ban on remote work would take effect immediately. Remote work will only be permitted if Musk personally approves it. He is not the first to express frustration with Twitter’s work culture. He also canceled the company’s monthly “day of rest” introduced during the pandemic.
According to Bloomberg, Musk stated, “The road ahead will be arduous” and would require intensive work to succeed.
Musk shared his long-term goals and addressed the company’s remote working policy. He stated that subscriptions should make up half the revenue of Twitter. The Twitter owner stated that the priority for the next few days is “finding and suspending any verified bots/trolls/spam.”