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Elon Musk ends Twitter’s work from home policy

Initial email to staff warns of “arduous” work to come

Elon Musk, the newly appointed owner of Twitter, sent out his first email to employees late on Wednesday, warning them of “tough times ahead” and forbidding remote work unless he personally authorized it.

According to the email examined by Bloomberg, Mr. Musk said that there was “no way to sugarcoat the news” on the economic future and how it would damage a firm that depends on advertising, like Twitter.

According to the new regulations, which became effective right away, workers must put in at least 40 hours a week in the workplace.

Since Mr. Musk has been in charge of Twitter for about two weeks, he has let go of the majority of the executive team and around half of the company’s staff. The cost of the Twitter Blue membership has increased to $8 under the new leader, and user verification has been added.

In the email, Mr. Musk expressed his desire for subscriptions to make up half of Twitter’s income. For its employees, many of whom had first been forced into remote work by the epidemic, Twitter had created a permanent work-from-anywhere arrangement before his arrival.

After announcing the acquisition of Twitter earlier in the year, he called an all-hands meeting of the workers to discuss the matter. He said back then that he opposed remote employment and would only make exceptions in certain circumstances, as he is now doing.

Additionally, Mr. Musk removed “days of rest” from the schedules of Twitter employees, which was a monthly company-wide day off instituted during the epidemic. Its expiry revealed Musk’s frustration with the current workplace atmosphere at Twitter.

Musk warned his staff in a letter, “The road ahead is tough and will need significant commitment to achieving.”

He added this information in a later email and said that “over the next several days, the absolute top priority is locating and suspending any confirmed bots/trolls/spam.”

With inputs from Bloomberg/IrishTimes

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Written by Alex Bruno

Freelance space writer Alex Bruno specializes in covering China's quickly expanding space industry. In 2021, he started writing for SpaceXMania. He also contributes to publications including SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. When Alex was a small child, he first experienced the space bug after seeing Voyager photographs of alien planets in our solar system. When not in space, Alex likes to go trail jogging in the Finnish countryside.

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