Twitter is going through the most critical moment since Elon Musk took ownership and direction of the company. According to information from The VergeHundreds of employees have quit today because they simply don’t agree with the workplace culture that Musk is trying to impose.
A few days ago we told you that Elon Musk wants the employees who managed to keep their job to work intensely and for long hours. However, Twitter workers are not willing to continue their work under these conditions. The only way out, then, was to say goodbye to the social network. In fact, some are posting their farewell through Twitter.
Fearing employee sabotage, the company closed its offices immediately and without explaining the reasons. “We hear this is because Elon Musk and his team are terrified that employees are going to sabotage the company. Plus, they’re still trying to figure out which Twitter workers they need to cut off.” noted Zoë Schifferjournalist from Platformer and who has been closely covering the Twitter circus for the past few weeks.
The aforementioned adds, on the other hand, that Twitter offices will remain closed until next Monday, November 21. “Please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential information on social media, with the press or anywhere else,” says the message employees received.
According to The New York Times, when Elon Musk was holding a video conference with employees, many of them began to hang up. Curiously, the deadline to resign and receive financial compensation expired on November 16 at 5:00 PM. Many workers submitted their resignation before the aforementioned deadline.
Elon Musk’s idea was not only to propose a change in the way of working at Twitter, but also to make employees sign a document that commits them to follow those rules. But Musk, perhaps, did not count on the fact that a large number of them would refuse to sign a contract with unfavorable conditions.
“Elon Musk and his team have a list of Twitter employees who signed the offer saying they want to stay on Twitter 2.0. Those names are on a spreadsheet. Now they’re trying to figure out who’s NOT on the sheet, who’s on leave for paternity, and who’s quitting on Slack…”
Apparently, after seeing that so many employees have quit, Elon Musk softened the policy of work. Not with the intention of making them come back, but to prevent the leak from growing any further.
For example, he said that remote work will be allowed; as long as a manager took it upon themselves to ensure that the employee is contributing enough. In addition, he must agree to attend face-to-face meetings at least once a month. “Any manager who falsely claims that someone they report to is doing an excellent job or that a certain role is essential, whether remote or not, will be removed from the company.”
The ideal Twitter that Elon Musk imagines
It was Wednesday, November 16, when Elon Musk informed, through an email distributed to the remaining employees of Twitter, that the company needs people who are dedicated to the maximum. His plan is based on two pillars: hard work and long hours.
Only in this way, according to him, will it be possible to face the large number of problems pending to be resolved. Elon Musk believes that having a compact team, but 100% dedicated, will make Twitter work agile. Also, of course, the updated work policy could function as a filter so that only employees totally loyal to the director stayed. Did he contemplate that so many people would rather leave than support his ideas? That only he knows.