Elon Musk has a “super bad feeling” and is therefore throwing out ten percent of Tesla employees. The US media reports.
Elon Musk – here at an event in 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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Reuters reports that Elon Musk wants to lay off around ten percent of the Tesla workforce. Musk is said to have written this in an email he sent to senior Tesla employees on Thursday. The email said Musk had a “super bad feeling” about the economy. The email is said to have had the subject line “Suspend all new hires worldwide”.
Tesla employed around 100,000 people at the end of 2021. According to this, around 10,000 people would have to leave the company. Tesla did not comment on the report about Musk’s email to Reuters.
At the end of May 2022, Musk still viewed a recession positively, as quoted by Reuters: “Yes, but that’s actually a good thing. It’s been raining money on fools for too long. Some bankruptcies have to happen.”
In 2018, there had already been layoffs on a larger scale at Tesla: Tesla laid off 9 percent of its employees.
Just a few days ago, Elon Musk made headlines with his order that all Tesla employees have to go back to the office. Anyone who absolutely wants to work in the home office must leave the company: Elon Musk – No more home office or leave and interns are threatened with being thrown out.
The “magic” number 10
Tesla is already the third company within a few days that wants to part with ten percent of its employees. Because Klarna and Tomtom have also announced that they are laying off ten percent of their employees:
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The situation at Vodafone is a bit different: they are talking about 7 percent, not 10, and this figure does not refer to the number of employees, but to that of the branches: Vodafone – that’s how many branches are closed.