Elon Musk informed Twitter’s workforce it could no longer work from home and that it should brace for economic troubles.
Musk sent his first email to Twitter staff on Wednesday, saying there is “no way to sugarcoat the message” about Twitter’s economic future, according to Bloomberg. The billionaire spoke about his worries regarding the company’s ability to adapt to his vision as well as the anticipated recession and asked Twitter’s team to be prepared for even more work.
Employees are no longer allowed to work remotely unless it is personally approved by Musk, the letter states. Staff are also expected to increase their hours at the company and were told that they were expected to be in the office 40 or more hours a week.
Twitter employees were previously allowed to work from anywhere. However, the company has quickly had to adapt to Musk’s view of office work, which is that staff typically should be required to operate in-office at all times. The company has already ended its “days of rest” practice, a monthly companywide day off for Twitter staff during the pandemic.
Twitter’s hour requirements are the latest change at the Musk-controlled company. The company is struggling to adapt to growing pressure on advertisers to cease their campaigns and to Musk’s vision for Twitter Blue, its premium service. The website launched a new verification system on Tuesday only for Musk to end it on Wednesday over concerns about it being a two-tiered system.
The company also filed paperwork last week to allow Twitter to begin developing payment processing software as part of Musk’s vision for turning Twitter into an “everything app.”