Elon Musk took to Twitter on Friday to argue with Australia’s third-richest man over the cost of ending the epidemic-era practice of working remotely.
In an internal email this week, the chief executive of Tesla Inc. stated that “everyone in Tesla must spend at least 40 hours in the office each week”, and “if you do not show up we will assume you have resigned.” Criticized.
Scott Farquhar, co-founder of Atlasian PLC, an Australian project management software maker, ridiculed the directive in a few tweets saying “something like the 1950s”. The US-listed company’s “work from anywhere” policy was “the key to our continued growth”.
“We are setting our sights on upgrading Atlasian to 25K employees by FY26,” Farquhar concluded. “Which Tesla employee is interested?”
Kasturi replied: “The set of tweets above explains why the recession is an important economic clean-up.”
The exchange is not uncommon for masks, who often use Twitter to utter offensive remarks about sensitive topics.
In Silicon Valley, many technology companies have moved to mixed homes and offices during the epidemic, while others have set a date to return to the office to push them back as new outbreaks occur.
Musk, the world’s richest man and CEO of SpaceX, also has a record of fighting other billionaires. In 2021, he posted a picture of the second place medal in response to a tweet from Jeff Bezos celebrating the success of Amazon.com Inc.
In 2017, Farquhar’s Atlasian co-founder, Mike Cannon-Brooks, collaborated with Musk, publicly accepted and facilitated his proposal to provide a powerful Tesla battery installation for the state of South Australia after the 2017 blackout.
Canon-Brooks, who led a campaign to buy Australian energy company AGL Energy Ltd and accelerated its transition to renewable electricity, re-posted Farquhar’s remarks criticizing Musk’s office-to-office order.
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