Elon Musk appeared to soften his stance on remote work for Twitter workers following a backlash over his “extremely harsh” ultimatum.
The billionaire had given employees of the social media platform until 5 p.m. Eastern time in the US on Thursday to work for a new work culture in the company or to leave.
But with some employees opting to leave the San Francisco-based company rather than accepting Mr Musk’s new dictates, he appeared to be changing his approach to employees working from home, CNN reported.
Following his $44 billion takeover of the firm, Mr Musk told employees he would end work from home and insisted everyone had to be in the office at least 40 hours a week or managers would assume that they would have quit.
On Wednesday, he told employees they should be willing to work “long hours at high intensity” to build “Twitter 2.0.”
But on Thursday afternoon, in an apparent attempt to retain staff, he sent another email clarifying his position on remote work.
“In terms of remote work, all that is required for approval is for your manager to take accountability for making you an excellent contributor,” Mr Musk said in an email seen by CNN.
He added that employees are expected to attend face-to-face meetings at least once a month.
And just 20 minutes after that email, he sent another to warn managers about the new policy.
“At the risk of stating the obvious, any manager who falsely claims that someone reporting to him is doing an excellent job or that a particular role is essential, remote or not, will be resigned from the company” , he wrote.
The richest person in the world completed his messy takeover of the company last month and immediately fired its top executives. And a week later, he fired half of the company’s 7,500 employees, as well as many independent contractors.
Prior to his purchase, Twitter had a “work from home forever” policy instituted by founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey.
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