Elon Musk bashed distant work in a gathering with Twitter employees on Thursday — after dialing in 10 minutes late from what gave the impression to be a hotel room.
The Tesla CEO, who has committed to purchasing Twitter for $44 billion, told jittery Twitter staffers that it’s “a lot better in case you are on location physically” while working, in response to multiple reports on the meeting.
Nevertheless, Musk said that Twitter could make exceptions for the best employees.
“If someone can only work remotely they usually’re exceptional, it wouldn’t make sense to fireside them,” Musk said.
Following the meeting, some Twitter employees circulated memes about the way to make themselves seem “exceptional” in order that they could proceed to work remotely, CNBC reported.
The social media company currently allows most employees to work remotely indefinitely.
In the course of the highly-anticipated event, Musk appeared to disregard the irony of demanding employees come into the office while showing up late to a virtual meeting.
Elon Musk showed up 10 minutes late to his first meeting addressing Twitter employees, which continues to be ongoing. He dialed in from his phone handheld like this pic.twitter.com/UoZ4U9dDme
— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) June 16, 2022
Musk’s web connection gave the impression to be spotty and his sound cut out at points in the course of the meeting, in response to reports.
At Tesla, Musk has taken a tough line toward distant work, ordering all employees back to the office full-time — with extremely limited exceptions.
“Anyone who wishes to do distant work should be within the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla,” Musk wrote in an email to corporate staff earlier in June. “That is lower than we ask of factory employees.”
“If there are particularly exceptional contributors for whom that is unattainable, I’ll review and approve those exceptions directly,” Musk added. “Furthermore, the ‘office’ should be a principal Tesla office, not a distant branch office unrelated to the job duties.”
As screenshots of the Tesla email circulated on Twitter, one user asked Musk what he would say to any employees who think in-person work is an “antiquated concept.”
“If someone can only work remotely they usually’re exceptional, it wouldn’t make sense to fireside them,” Musk said. AFP via Getty Images
“They need to pretend to work elsewhere,” Musk said.
If Musk’s Twitter deal goes through, he might be accountable for five corporations: Twitter, Tesla, SpaceX, Nurealink and the Boring Company.
If Musk were to spend 40 hours working in every company’s office each week, that will require 200 hours — an unattainable feat, since there are only 168 hours in per week.