Elon Musk: Stop working from home or leave and threaten interns to be kicked out

Elon Musk has banned working from home via email. Anyone who doesn’t accept that should leave. Musk’s rationale is rock solid. Plus: Musk threatened to fire interns who waited for coffee.

The second home office ban email to all Tesla employees

After initially only one email made the rounds (see below) in which Musk banned his executives from working from home, it is now in

another email appeared on the social networks,
in which Musk prohibits all Tesla employees from working from home:

In this second email, Musk clarifies that “everyone at Tesla must work at least 40 hours a week in the office.” This office must be where all colleagues work and not some distant “pseudo office”, as Musk puts it.

In this second email, Musk emphasizes that he is leading by example and that he lives in the factory so much. The people on the assembly line should see that he is working with them. If Musk hadn’t done that, Tesla would have been bankrupt long ago – writes Musk.

Of course, there are companies that wouldn’t require this, says Musk. But when was the last time these companies delivered a great product? That’s how provocative Musk put it in this second email.

Tesla would build the most exciting and meaningful products in the world. That doesn’t happen through phone calls.

The first home office ban email to executives

Elon Musk is not a fan of working from home. Because Bloomberg reports that the Tesla and Space-X boss apparently sent an email to Tesla’s executive staff on Tuesday (May 31, 2022), in which Musk made it clear that he would contact his managers at all wants to see in the offices five working days a week.

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Said email carries the subject line: “Remote work is no longer acceptable”. This is followed by this text: “Anyone who wants to work from home has to be in the office at least (and I mean *at least*) 40 hours a week or leave Tesla. That’s less than what we ask factory workers to do.” So Musk provides a reference to the actual obligation for Tesla employees to be present on the assembly lines, who can hardly work from home.

Only those who can name a special reason for exception may make an exception to this rule. However, Tesla would strictly check this reason.

In addition, you have to work in an office at Tesla’s headquarters and not in a remote branch that has nothing to do with the actual job of the employee.

Interns waiting in line for coffee: Musk isn’t thrilled

In this context, Bloomberg has another anecdote about Musk: When Musk once saw a group of interns waiting in a queue for a coffee, the Tesla boss reacted like this: He threatened to fire all the interns if this were to happen again and reportedly had security cameras installed to monitor compliance.

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