Hey, come on, Elon! The 21st century is here already.
In a recent leaked memo, Musk told his staff that if they wanted to do remote work, they had to be in the office for at least 40 hours a week.
“This is less than what we ask of factory workers,” Musk said. White-collar workers are not working on assembly lines.
In a follow-up memo to the entire company, Musk said that the office must be where your actual colleagues are located, not some remote pseudo office. We will assume that you have resigned if you don’t show up.
Don’t think that you’ll be given a pass because you’re in a high up company. The more senior you are, the more visible you must be.
It’s not surprising that this move is happening. Musk is reputed to work 100 hours a week, and he’s very demanding.
Dolly Singh, the former head of talent acquisition at SpaceX, has said that diamonds are created under pressure and that Musk is a master diamond maker.
Musk is very good at a few things. His combination of intelligence, hard work, and vision has made a difference in both space travel and electric cars.
He will go down in history as Henry Ford or Thomas Edison.
Sometimes he’s wrong, but this is a big but.
People work better from home. There are differing estimates of productivity increases, ranging from 3% to 5%. 40% of American work hours are currently from home according to a study by a professor at a university. The people want to work there. In March, only 20% of job listings were remote, but they saw more than half the applications.
People don’t want to go to the office.
32% of respondents said they’ve already quit a job because they couldn’t work remotely, and 61% said they would leave their job for a fully remote opportunity.
You might lead us to a brighter technological future, but your work attitude is trying to pull us back into a dark past.
He’s not alone. Many C-level executives want their staff to return to work.
It was a bad Apple! That was bad!
In the most recent LinkedIn Workforce Confidence survey, employees’ optimism about their employer’s business outlook fell six points in the next six months.
There are a number of reasons for this decline. Inflation, wages not keeping up, and a shaky stock market are all things that come to mind.
People don’t want to go to the office again.
The more workers are made to believe that they do, the more unhappy they become. In this economy, unhappy staffers can always walk out the door to find a better job.
The Great Resignation isn’t slowing down.
Maybe he can escape with it with his companies. Things that get people excited are created by SpaceX, Starlink, andTesla.
The engineers I’ve spoken to say they’re happy to be doing work that will make a difference, even though they feel like they’re exhausted. They are building a future.
Most of us do not have businesses like that. We are building a product, providing a service or connecting companies together. That is necessary work. Is it enough to get employees to come to the office? I don’t know if it is.
I think it’s better for you to let your workers work from home.
Happy workers are more productive workers.
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