Elon Musk’s ultimatum leads to staff exodus

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco

With the short message service, many employees apparently leave voluntarily after an ultimatum.

(Photo: AP)

san francisco An ultimatum from Elon Musk to employees at Twitter has led to massive departures of specialists. The new Twitter boss had asked the staff to get involved in extreme workloads or to leave the company. Dozens of employees announced on Thursday that they had decided to leave.

The number of layoffs is said to total several hundred, according to the US portal “The Verge” and the newspaper “Washington Post”.

Several employees have publicly reported that they no longer want to work for Musk. Several employees wrote on Twitter that entire teams had decided to say goodbye to the short message service and that Twitter would face massive outages.

Meanwhile, it was announced that the Twitter offices were closed to all employees until Monday. One person wrote on Twitter that she was in charge of access cards at Twitter but had left the company today. She then received a call from Elon Musk asking her to come back because no one could gain access to the building. Elon Musk replied: “Thanks for the help. You are a lifesaver!”

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After the $44 billion purchase of Twitter, Elon Musk had already laid off more than every second employee of the original 7,500 employees. According to company circles, the remaining staff was estimated at around 3,500 people. The Washington Post reported that only between 2,000 and 2,500 employees remained after the recent departures.

The multi-billionaire tried to calm down. “The best people stay so I’m not overly concerned,” Musk wrote on Twitter. He also wrote that the platform had set a new all-time record for hits.

Musk had recently changed a number of the rules of work at Twitter. Among other things, he had abolished the existing options for working from home and announced strict office requirements. The Bloomberg news agency reported that Musk told employees that they should prepare for a workload of 80 hours and more per week.

Form with only one answer option: “Yes” or dismissal

They were given a deadline of 5 p.m. on Thursday (San Francisco local time) using a Google form. The form contained only one possible answer: “Yes”. Anyone who did not accept the terms of the deadline was told they would be leaving the company with three months’ pay as severance pay.

According to the AP, Musk wrote in the email that he was planning a breakthrough to a “Twitter 2.0” that would have to be extremely pared down and essentially a software and server company. Specialists who write “great code” would make up most of the team.

Elon Musk apparently gave in

However, in view of the threat of mass departures from Twitter, Musk has recently changed course, Bloomberg reported. Accordingly, in meetings with senior employees, Musk campaigned to keep them in the company. In addition, in an e-mail, he eased office requirements and gave new opportunities to work from home.

After Elon Musk’s ultimatum: Many employees are leaving Twitter

Bloomberg quoted from an email to staff: “All that is required for approval is that your manager takes responsibility for your excellent contribution,” Musk wrote, adding that employees were no less than once should have face-to-face meetings with their colleagues each month.

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