Musk Has Smoke Coming Out Of The Lefts Ears After Interview
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is making waves once again with his bold statements. In an interview with CNBC's David Faber, Musk called remote work "morally wrong" and "bullshit," arguing that it's unfair to those people who can't do so.
Musk's comments come after he imposed a strict return-to-the-office policy for Tesla in June 2022, warning employees they would lose their jobs if they refused. Employees would need to spend a minimum of 40 hours at the office a week; anything less would be "phoning it in."
Prior to the pandemic, Tesla was more open to remote work, workers told CNBC. But after covid, Musk took a hard line against remote work, as well as other preventative measures like mask-wearing. The company also lacked room and resources to bring many of its employees back to its San Francisco offices.
After acquiring Twitter, Musk set the same strict policy, just as he was laying off over three-fourths of the workforce. During the interview Tuesday, he became extremely animated when CNBC's David Faber casually referenced the policy.
“Get off the goddamn moral high horse with the work-from-home bullshit,” Musk said, “because they’re asking everyone else to not work from home while they do.”
"I'm a big believer that people are more productive when they're in person," Elon Musk said Tuesday on the work from home trend. "People should get off their goddamn moral high horse with their work-from-home b*******." https://t.co/W1BjwKobX8 pic.twitter.com/FWzVHtZFEH
— CNBC (@CNBC) May 16, 2023
He went on to argue that because people who deliver food and build houses can’t work from home, neither should office workers, calling the decision “messed up” and a “moral issue.”
“If you want to work at Tesla, you want to work at SpaceX, you want to work at Twitter — you got to come into the office every day,” he said.
Musk's comments have been met with both criticism and support. While some agree that remote work can lead to decreased productivity, others argue that it's a necessity for many workers, especially during the pandemic.
Either way, it's clear that Musk is not a fan of remote work and has no plans to change his mind. For those who want to work at Tesla, SpaceX, or Twitter, they'd better be prepared to show up to the office each and every day.