Elon Musk recently went public with his condemnation of remote and work-from-home arrangements at Tesla.
Well, he didn’t quite go public – instead, his internal emails were leaked, so now the whole world knows how he feels about home-based work.
Elon, the world’s wealthiest person, boldest innovator, and worst comedian, did not hold back on his disdain for remote work.
The billionaire CEO said that the company will “create and manufacture the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on Earth.” Adding: “This will not happen by phoning it in.”
Forgetting that email was different from texting, he sent two emails to make sure that he covered all of his points – with the second one titled: “To be super clear”
Elon’s tirade was met with a lot of public criticism, causing Australian tech billionaire Scott Farquhar, founder of the $48bn Atllassian juggernaut to speak out. In a Twitter feud on June 1, Farquhar likened Musk’s proclamation to “something out of the 1950s,” and highlighted Atlassian’s move to fully embrace working from home as a “key for our continued growth.”
Ironically though, at the time of Farquhar’s tweetstorm, Atlassian had just got seriously hacked, putting into question the viability and security of work-from-home arrangements.
Has the time come where employers start pushing back on the expectations of employees? Or is Elon just a grumpy overworked scrooge?