Saturday, June 04, 2022

Musk's arrogance on full display

Elon Musk again. Sorry. But Mr. Unpleasant is at it again.

After a couple of years of flexible work-from-home policies during the pandemic, Musk is insisting that Tesla management staff go into the office to work, on pain of dismissal. Because the pandemic is over, don't you know (I'm not sure Musk ever really believed in it). But more importantly, because he says so.

I suppose, if you are the boss, you can make random edicts of this sort, even if all the evidence suggests that employees working from home have actually been more productive and happier. But more importantly for me, it is the way Musk does these things that really rankles.

Employees were told, in a personal note from Musk entitled "Remote work is no longer acceptable", that "Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla. This is less than we ask of factory workers." 

If anyone was in any  doubt as to his reasoning, he explained further, "The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence. That's why I lived in the factory so much - so that those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I had not done that, Tesla would long ago have gone bankrupt."

God, the bombast of the man, the pomposity and braggadocio! When asked on Twitter what about those who think that working in an office is an antiquated and outdated notion, his response was even more terse and dismissive (literally): "They should pretend to work somewhere else." Arrogant, aloof and downright disrespectful. Not many warm and fuzzy feelings there. 

I hope that many of his top lieutenants take him at his word and "depart". Would you work for this man?

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