Twitter Saga: Elon Musk gives ultimatum to employees “to work hardcore or leave”


Bringing his Tesla way of work style to Twitter, Elon Musk has given employees ultimatum till Thursday that they have to perform “extremely hardcore” work or leave the micro-blogging platform.

According to a copy of an email sent by Musk and seen by CNN, the new Twitter CEO said any employee who did not commit to the ultimatum by Thursday evening will receive three months’ severance.

“Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore,” Musk wrote in the memo.

“This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade,” he said.

There were reports of Twitter employees sleeping on the floor at the office after Musk took over the company.

Musk has earlier said he’s worked as much as 120 hours a week at times and has slept on the floor at a Tesla factory.

In the memo to Twitter employees, Musk said Twitter will be “much more engineering-driven” going forward, the report mentioned on Wednesday.

“If you are sure that you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below by Thursday evening,” he said, pointing them to an online form.

“Whatever decision you make, thank you for your efforts to make Twitter successful,” Musk wrote.

Musk has fired at least 20 employees at Twitter who criticised his actions either on Twitter or on internal messaging platform Slack and some were sacked just for retweeting posts slamming the new Twitter CEO.

He later posted: “I would like to apologise for firing these geniuses. Their immense talent will no doubt be of great use elsewhere”.

Earlier, Musk, who has been laying off employees and contractors of the micro-blogging platform, fired yet another member of his Twitter team and with a tweet.

The person whose employment was terminated by Musk is an Android developer named Eric Frohnhoefer who had stated in his tweet that Musk’s assessment of Twitter being slow as the app is doing “>1000 poorly batched RPCs just to render timelines,” was wrong. On late Sunday night, Musk tweeted, “Btw, I’d like to apologize for Twitter being super slow in many countries. App is doing >1000 poorly batched RPCs just to render a home timeline!”

Later, Eric cited Musk’s tweet and wrote, “I’ve spent ~6 years working on Twitter for Android and I can say that this is wrong.”
Following this, the richest man in the world asked him, “Then please correct me. What is the right number?” and also asked, “Twitter is super slow on Android. What have you done to fix that?”

As reactions to his Twitter conversation started pouring in, an unidentified user stated, “I have been a developer for 20 years. And I can tell you that as the domain expert here you should inform your boss privately. Trying to one up him in public while he is trying to learn and be helpful makes you look like a spiteful self serving dev.”

To this, Eric replied by tweeting, “Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe using Slack or email.”

Another user then chimed in and tagged Musk in his tweet, asking the billionaire, “with this kind of attitude, you probably don’t want this guy on your team.”

Musk responded to the same Twitter thread by simply saying, “He’s fired.”

On November 14, Musk had to clear the air surrounding his ‘Work from Home’ policies for Twitter employees.

Replying to a user’s accusation against him on the microblogging site, he said that a post of him calling back his Ireland workforce back to Dublin was ‘false’.

It all started when twitter user @balinares posted a screenshot of an email sent supposedly by a Twitter user in Ireland. The tweet, captioned, “So, word around is, @elonmusk has ordered his Ireland workforce back to Dublin by Monday Or Else.” The post seemingly accused Musk of forbidding its workers from remote working and asking them to report to office mandatorily.

Musk swiftly took to Twitter, clarifying that the company’s policy on remote working is no different from his other organisations — Tesla and SpaceX.

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