Employees are quitting in droves
Exodus on Twitter – after Musk’s “hardcore” ultimatum
Elon Musk demands long, “high-intensity” hours from Twitter employees. If you don’t want it, you should go. Many do.
Elon Musk’s employees are on the run.
After new Twitter owner Elon Musk, 51, announced an ultimatum to commit to extreme work zeal or be fired, the staff exodus at the short messaging service continued.
“I may be special, but I’m not fucking hardcore,” tweeted Twitter employee Andrea Horst on Thursday, referring to Musk’s announcement that the company must be “extremely hardcore” to compete.
That’s what Musk is asking for
In a memo to employees on Wednesday, Musk wrote that employees should be prepared for “long, high-intensity work days”: “Only exceptional performance is considered sufficient.”
He gave employees a deadline of Thursday afternoon (local time) to submit a matching commitment to work online. Those who fail to do so will be dismissed with three months’ salary as severance pay.
From dream job to quit
Words can’t express how grateful she is to have the “job of my dreams,” another outgoing executive, Deanna Hines-Glasgow, wrote on Twitter Thursday. “It’s been a wild ride. Layoffs should come in droves.
According to industry journalist Zoe Schiffer, Twitter management told employees that the offices were temporarily closed on Thursday and could not be accessed even with an electronic door opener.
Musk took over Twitter at the end of October for $44 billion and immediately burned down the top floor. A week later, he laid off roughly half of his 7,500 employees.
Musk’s restructuring of the messaging service is extremely messy. It was only on Tuesday that the world’s richest man delayed the new subscription model with the blue verification symbol until the end of November.
He was reacting to the flood of fake profiles on Twitter. Several major corporations have suspended advertising on the network due to concerns about Twitter’s growth.