Decidedly, we never get bored with Elon Musk. This week, the billionaire sent a very surprising ultimatum to Twitter employees who survived the first wave of layoffs which led to the elimination of around 3,600 jobs, or 50% of the company’s workforce.
A massive and dangerous exodus for Twitter
The deal was clear: accept to stay working long hours, at a very hard pace, or leave with three months’ salary. They had to respond by Thursday, and many have decided. The American media thus report hundreds of employee resignations.
And this is clearly not without problems, because this massive exodus leaves certain essential services in a state of virtual abandonment, with only one or two employees on board. Our colleagues would have liked to obtain a reaction from the press service, but many of its employees have also left the company.
Still, it seems Elon Musk and his team have done everything they can to retain wavering employees. Thus, the leader has put a little water in his wine regarding teleworking. While he demanded that all employees come to work in the office at least 40 hours a week, he softened his position. In an internal memo published this week, he indicates “that when it comes to working remotely, your manager just needs to take responsibility for making sure you’re making a great contribution. »
Similarly, undecided employees who play a key role in the organization of Twitter have been received by Elon Musk’s team to try to convince them to stay. But that didn’t seem to be enough.
In this climate of chaos, another surprising news has been announced. The company has indeed decided to close access to the headquarters building to its employees until Monday. No additional information has yet been provided on this subject.
According to New York Times, it is difficult to know the state of mind of employees. On Twitter and internal messaging, everything is calm. And for good reason, the publications of the employees are scrutinized, and the criticisms seem to be harshly sanctioned. Two dozen employees would have been dismissed following messages that did not please management.
All this is not very good for the image of the platform. The #RIPTwitter is also the first trend in France followed very closely by #Mastodon, the decentralized social network which is gaining more and more users thanks to the setbacks of its rival.