Musk forced Tesla teleworkers back into the office. He forgot that he didn’t have desks for everyone.

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Elon Musk established a few weeks ago that Tesla office employees could only telecommute if they spent at least 40 hours a week at the company’s facilities. Something that, de facto, ended remote work in the automobile company after two years allowing this work modality due to the coronavirus.

What the South African tycoon did not foresee is that during these two years the company has been incorporating new employees and that its workforce is considerably larger than in March 2020, which has meant that in some Tesla offices the employees have found themselves without desks to be able to work or without car parks in which to park their vehicles, according to The Independent.

twice as many employees. In accordance with Statistical dataIn the two years of the pandemic, Tesla has doubled its workforce. In December 2019 it had 48,000 employees, a figure that in the same month of 2021 rose to 99,000 workers. Many of them are operators for its growing network of gigafactories, but another important part are office workers who have telecommuted a good part of their day since they joined the company.

The Tesla offices, on the other hand, seem to have barely changed these two years because, among other things, it was not necessary to have many employees working remotely. The measure decreed by Musk seems to have been a surprise even for the company’s managers, who have not had enough time to adapt the facilities to the new reality of their workforce.

Chaos on the way back to the office. The most frequent complaint among Tesla workers has been the lack of parking spaces for everyone. Once in the office, many found it difficult to find a suitable place to work, as there were fewer desks than necessary. Finally, many of those who managed to settle say that the internet signal was so weak that it did not allow them to carry out their tasks correctly.

The chaos was such that some bosses, against Musk’s orders, were forced to send their employees home again so they could work from there.

Telecommuting is not acceptable. At the beginning of June, Elon Musk sent an internal communication to his workers informing them that remote work was no longer considered acceptable in the company and that in order to qualify for it, employees had to spend at least 40 hours a week online. the office. Likewise, he showed the exit door to those who did not agree with this order.

Not content with that, he also stated on his Twitter account that workers who did not want to return to the office “should pretend that they work elsewhere”, thus making it clear that he considers telecommuting to be unproductive.

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Elon Musk established a few weeks ago that Tesla office employees could only telecommute if they spent at least 40…

Elon Musk established a few weeks ago that Tesla office employees could only telecommute if they spent at least 40…

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