In Elon Musk’s own words, his reactionary approach to Twitter’s workforce is about making it “hardcore.” Musk wants a company staffed solely by passionate experts, people who consider an in-office, 40-hour week the bare minimum of commitment.
The math is against him, however. Pew Research confirms basic business sense: people who can work from home generally prefer to do so, even if the pandemic was not a factor. Pew doesn’t have a research category for “passionate expert,” but people with college degrees and high income are even more likely to choose to work from home.
Musk sent managers some damage control on November 17th, but it didn’t reverse his position. In some ways it got stricter, instructing supervisors to meet weekly with the few employees granted work-from-home privileges and threatening summary dismissal for managers who allowed employees who weren’t “exceptional” to work from home. Reporter Davey Alba has the email:
New @TheTerminal – Musk has softened his work from home policy at Twitter. Email today: “Regarding remote work, all that is required for approval is that your manager takes responsibility for ensuring that you are making an excellent contribution.” 1/
— Davey Alba (@daveyalba) November 17, 2022