Remove remote work for Tesla and SpaceX

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Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, Tesla’s flagship, and known monkey killer, did it again! This time, he has told both SpaceX and Tesla employees to reduce their hours working from home.

According to an email received by a Tesla shareholder Sam NissimMusk wrote, “Anyone who wants to work remotely has to be in the office at least (and I mean *minimum*) 40 hours a week or leave Tesla.” Additionally, in a memo obtained from The New York Timeshe told SpaceX employees, “The older you are, the more visible your presence needs to be.”

Musk has confirmed that he stands by his words. On June 1st he tweeted that those employees who want to work predominantly from home “should pretend they work somewhere else”.

Well, that might be a bit obvious, but working from home actually reduces the chances of someone catching the coronavirus. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted in 2020: “Adults who received positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 infection were more likely to report going exclusively to an office or school in the 2 weeks prior to onset of the disease than those who have tested negative… Businesses and employers should encourage alternative workplace options, such as teleworking, where possible to reduce exposure to SARS-CoV-2.”

But what does Musk’s decision mean for us in Australia? Luckily not much. 2020, vox reported that Musk had illegally reopened a Tesla factory in California amid a dangerous wave of COVID-19. Since then, he has continued to encourage and urge Tesla employees to work in hazardous conditions. None of Musk’s actions appear to have affected Australia’s COVID culture.

In addition, David Gruen announced in 2022 The Australian Financial Report that working from home has become an integral part of Australia. He said that the COVID-19 situation has produced “new ways of working that people will sometimes find congenial to how they worked before the pandemic”. He also noted, “To the extent that people spend less time commuting downtown and work a much larger portion of their time from home, there will be an adjustment in office space needs in downtown cities.”

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