Elon Musk continues to make drastic changes since the acquisition of Twitter. If he had already sparked controversy with the dismissal of staffnow focuses on remote work. Musk, through his first email to staff, has prohibited and requires employees to spend at least 40 hours per week change the destiny of the company according to Ian Johnston, Cristina Criddle and Hannah Murphy in the Financial Times.
“The road ahead is arduous and will take hard work to succeed,” he wrote in a company-wide email sent to employees on Thursday morning and seen by the Financial Times.
“We… are changing Twitter’s policy to no longer allow remote work, unless specifically exempted.”
Employees must be in the office for one minimum 40 hours per week, except those “physically unable to travel” or having “a critical personal obligation”, according to email.
Musk added that he would review and approve any exemptions to the policy himself and asked officials to compile lists of all staff seeking to continue working remotely.
The new policy on Twitter coincides with demands from Musk to another company he runs, You’re herewhere, in June, he insisted that staff must report to work at least 40 hours per week in the office or find a new job.
It comes a week after Musk reduced the company’s 7,500-person workforce by about half. Several senior executives have also leftfearing the data security and compliance with confidentiality rulesespecially given how quickly the platform has rolled out new features since Musk took over.
The United States Federal Trade Commission., a leading consumer protection regulator, said on Thursday that it was “following recent developments on Twitter with deep concern.” Twitter has signed a decree of strict consent in 2011 engage yourself to better protect user datathat the regulator continues to monitor.
“No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decrees,” the FTC added. “Our revised consent order gives us new tools to ensure compliance and we are ready to use them.”
Thursday morning, the Twitter’s Chief Information Security Officer, Lea Kissner, has announced her departure. On the other hand, a corporate lawyer warned on the company’s Slack channel that Musk was adopting a arrogant attitude towards privacy regulations and that the company could be exposed to significant fines from the FTCaccording to a report by The edge which was confirmed by a person familiar with the matter. The Twitter’s Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer have also left the company.according to the Verge report, which was confirmed by a person familiar with the matter.
Since taking the reins just weeks ago, Musk has seemed to double down on his approach to “move fast, fail fast, move forward” to run the business, introducing and dropping new features within hours, as well as changing Twitter’s working practices.
The email to Twitter employees, originally reported by Bloomberg, was the first they’ve received directly from Musk since his $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform. In exchange, Musk took to his personal Twitter account to publicly brainstorm new initiatives and products for the company.
The decision on remote work was received with frustration by some staff walked away from the office during the coronavirus pandemic and now faces long commutessaid two former Twitter employees.
The former CEO Parag Agrawal had said in March, before Musk offered to buy the company, that staff could work from home “full time forever”.
A Twitter employee said: “It’s not a huge surprise given how Musk does things at other companies. The form of communications and lack of reviews didn’t help attract people. towards him.”
Bruce Daisley, former European Vice President of Twitter, he said, “It’s an easy management mistake to conclude that employees who work from home are less productive or collaborative than those in the office…but remote workers work more, not less. Generally, when we feel that we can maintain a better harmony between work and life, we feel happier in our work. Musk may find that his team ends up being more frustrated with this extra hit for them.”
Last week, Musk warned that the platform had experienced a “massive drop in income” since the completion of its acquisition.
Musk also asked employees to work around the clock on new productsincluding a subscription fee for users to have access to a blue tick on their profile, as well as features such as the edit button.
Twitter’s new office rules put it at odds with its social media rivals, who have flexible working. In ICT Tacstaff were asked to will return to the office at least two days a week from September this yearwhile Objectiveowner of Facebook and Instagram, has encouraged remote workwith several senior executives outside the company headquarters.