Elon Musk is reportedly seeking weekly updates on employee attendance at Tesla’s offices as part of an aggressive return-to-office push that has caused some friction among workers.
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The reports collected by Musk and other Tesla executives are based on badge swipes at the company’s offices, a report said on Thursday. The documents compare the number of unexpected absences among employees against the time they are scheduled to provide a daily view.
Despite strict directives, Tesla still lacks the room and gear needed to accommodate all of its employees onsite, CNBC Reported citing company sources and internal documents.
The outlet cited internal messages saying that Musk’s office-to-office mandate has resulted in a “significant drop in morale for some employees”.
Tesla’s facility in Fremont, Calif., reportedly doesn’t have enough chairs, desks, or parking spaces, allowing managers to stagger employee schedules.
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The extent of attendance tracking, meanwhile, reportedly depends on the role of Tesla employees — with executives reporting directly to Elon Musk not included in the weekly spreadsheet.
Musk has been outspoken on his view that onsite work is a necessity – warning workers on May 31 that they need to return to the office full-time or the company will “assume you have resigned.”
“Anyone who wants to work remotely must be at least 40 hours per week in the office (and I mean *minimum*) or departing Tesla. That’s less than our factory workers,” Musk said an email from him To employees.
Musk said the case-by-case business would only consider remote work for a select few workers.
“If there are particularly exceptional contributors for whom this is impossible, I will directly review and approve those exceptions,” Musk said. “Furthermore, the ‘office’ must be a main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the duties of the job.”
The billionaire shrugged off his criticism on social media over the strict rules, declaring that workers who find office work “feeling unnecessary”pretend to work elsewhere,
In addition to a lack of desks, CNBC reported that Tesla’s offices are facing a shortage of basic items like charging cords. Some employees have reportedly taken phone calls outside because the site does not have enough conference rooms.
According to the report, about 10% of Tesla employees are absent from the office on a workday, with the number increasing during weekends and holidays.
The post has reached out to Tesla for comment on the report.
As The Post reported, several Wall Street firms pushed for more comprehensive return-to-office after Labor Day weekend — despite pushback from junior employees.