Elon Musk acquired right into a Twitter spat with Australia’s third-richest man on Friday over the worth of placing an finish to the pandemic-era behavior of distant working.
In an inside e-mail this week, the Tesla Inc chief govt mentioned that “everybody at Tesla is required to spend a minimal of 40 hours within the workplace per week”, and “for those who do not present up, we’ll assume you will have resigned”. This drew criticism from employee advocates about potential publicity to the coronavirus.
The co-founder of Australian venture administration software program maker Atlassian Plc, Scott Farquhar, ridiculed the directive in a sequence of tweets as being “like one thing out of the Nineteen Fifties”. The US-listed firm’s “work from anyplace” coverage was “key for our continued progress”, he mentioned.
“We’re setting our sights on rising Atlassian to 25K workers by FY26,” Farquhar concluded. “Any Tesla workers ?”
Musk shot again: “The above set of tweets illustrate why recessions serve an important financial cleaning operate”.
The trade isn’t uncommon for Musk, who ceaselessly makes use of Twitter to make unapologetic pronouncements about delicate topics.
In Silicon Valley, many tech companies moved to blended dwelling and workplace working in the course of the pandemic, whereas others have set dates for returning to the workplace solely to push them again as new outbreaks have occurred.
Musk, the world’s wealthiest man and in addition CEO of SpaceX, additionally has a file of taking up different billionaires. In 2021, he posted a picture of a second-place medal in response to a tweet by Jeff Bezos celebrating the success of Amazon.com Inc.
In 2017, Farquhar’s Atlassian co-founder, Mike Cannon-Brookes, cooperated with Musk, publicly taking on and facilitating his supply to provide a robust Tesla battery set up for the state of South Australia after it suffered a blackout in 2017.
Cannon-Brookes, who has since led a marketing campaign to purchase Australian power firm AGL Power Ltd and velocity up its transition to renewable energy, reposted Farquhar’s remarks criticising Musk’s return-to-office order.
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