Twitter employees have already seen Friday as a “moment in truth”, since it is the second time Elon Musk had to lay off workers since purchasing the company in October. Employees who wanted the chance to stay were assured of a high workload. Those who refused were allowed to leave the company and get their severance pay.
According to Reuters, Elon Musk gave the following perspective in a written address to Twitter employees Wednesday. He stated that in order for Twitter 2.0 to be a success and overcome growing competition, the team must work hard and play extremely active roles. The letter recipients had to consent to participate in the implementation of this plan up to Thursday at 5:59 p.m. However, if they refuse or ignore the offer they could face dismissal along with payment for three months.
According to Reuters on Friday morning, Twitter was reporting that at least a dozen people had been fired. Official channels were not able to confirm the number. While some teams left Twitter with full force, others left the company calling themselves “soft engineers”, in opposition to Musk’s call to be “hard” to save jobs.
Twitter management closed down its offices on Friday as usual. This was to prevent employees who were fired from accessing proprietary information or infrastructure. Elon Musk’s appeal to Twitter employees was hailed by the media as an “ultimatum”. All employees have been told to not speak to outsiders or the press about the Twitter events.
Bloomberg reports that Elon Musk tried even to persuade key personnel who left the company to stay with him during personal meetings. He relaxed his telecommuting policy by telling anyone who wants to use this program that all they have to do is convince their manager to approve the employee’s extraordinary contribution to the common cause. However, you must still appear at work once per month. Musk asked the leaders not to abuse their right to transfer selected employees to “remote work”, threatening them with dismissal. Bloomberg reported that some of the former specialists were able to return to the company. Ella Irwin will be managing the trust and security unit staff. Ella Irwin left Twitter earlier.
CNBC reported that Elon Musk asked Twitter’s lower-level executive to meet with him at least once per week in an appeal. At the same time, the business owner did not specify what the criteria for “exclusivity” are in relation to the selection of those professionals who will be allowed to work remotely. Only one per month is allowed for staff to meet with their managers. Musk threatened to bring down managers who unfairly exclude employees on the basis that they contribute to work, at work or at home.