Elon Musk orders weekly attendance reports at Tesla: Report
Elon Musk is said to be demanding weekly updates on employee attendance at Tesla offices as part of a push to return to the office that has caused some friction among workers.
Thursday’s report said reports collected by Musk and other Tesla executives are based on badge swipes at the company’s offices. The documents compare the number of employees’ unexpected absences against the scheduled time off for a daily presentation.
Despite the strict guidance, Tesla still lacks the room and equipment to accommodate all of its workers on site, CNBC reported, citing company sources and internal documents.
Citing internal messages, the outlet said Musk’s mandate to return to the office appeared to have led to a “significant drop in morale among some employees.”
The Tesla facility in Fremont, California, is said to have not enough chairs, desks or parking spaces, prompting managers to tidy up employee schedules.
Meanwhile, the extent to which attendance is tracked is said to depend on the role of Tesla employees – with CEOs not including directly to Elon Musk in their weekly spreadsheets.
Musk has been outspoken in his view that working on the site is a necessity – he warned workers on May 31 that they needed to return to the office full time or else the company would “assume you quit”.
“Anyone who wants to do remote work has to be in the office for at least 40 (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours a week or leave Tesla. That’s less than we’re asking factory workers,” Musk said in a post. Employee emails.
Musk said remote work will only be considered for a select few workers in case-by-case jobs.
“If there are shareholders that are particularly exceptional for whom it is impossible to do so, I will review and approve those exceptions directly,” Musk said. Furthermore, the ‘office’ should be a Tesla head office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the duties of the job.
The billionaire dismissed criticism he faced on social media about the strict rules, declaring that workers who felt office work was unnecessary “Pretending to work elsewhere. “
Aside from the office shortage, CNBC reported that Tesla’s offices are short on essential items such as charging cords. Some workers allegedly made phone calls outdoors because the site lacked adequate meeting rooms.
Nearly 10% of Tesla employees miss the office on a given working day, with numbers rising on weekends and during holidays, according to the report.
The Post has reached out to Tesla for comment on the report.
As The Post reports, a number of Wall Street firms have pushed for a more inclusive return to work after the Labor Day weekend — despite opposition from junior staff.