When Elon Musk took over Twitter for $44 billion, he knew that he had an uphill battle to climb.
Musk has turned his attention inward to the employees of the social media giant in an attempt to flush out employees from the previous regime who want to continue receiving a free ride at the company.
In a memo that was reported on by the Washington Post, Elon Musk laid down the law regarding the new work standards at the company.
Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive work, we will need to be extremely hardcore. This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.
This is causing shockwaves at the company, as employees are trying to decide if they have the work ethic to stay onboard while Musk leads them in a new direction.
Musk has been desperately trying to change the work culture in Twitter’s main office, one which had been devoid of employees until he mandated that employees return to in-person work days.
Musk went on in the memo to outline his view for the new direction that Twitter will begin to aim towards.
Twitter will also be much more engineering-driven. Design and product management will still be very important and report to me, but those writing great code will constitute the majority of our team and have the greatest sway. At its heart. Twitter is a software and servers company, so I think this makes sense.
The rest of the memo includes a pledge that Musk expects any and all employees who wish to remain aboard to sign and submit before the end of the work day on Thursday.
Musk says that anyone who does not do so will be offered three months’ severance pay on their way out the door.
He concluded this ultimatum with this sentence.
Whatever decision you make, thank you for your efforts to make Twitter successful.
This must come as a massive shock to legacy Twitter employees who, just a couple of months ago, enjoyed working in a laid-back environment where hard work was encouraged, but not necessarily mandated.
Musk even vowed on Twitter to seep at the company’s headquarters until the company is fixed, according to Business Insider.
Regardless of anyone’s feelings toward Musk and his demand for excellence from his employees, it is clear that he will lead by example and outwork each and every employee on his way to starting a new culture within the organization.
As Twitter employees continue to run for the hills in the face of these ultimatums and demands, the number of employees has dwindled to half of what existed before the sale.
It seems clear that this is exactly what Musk wants, to have only the best and brightest and hardest working employees remain and to have them train the next wave of coders and designers at the company.
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