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Elon Musk: Tesla Will Reduce Headcount by 10 Percent, Freeze Hiring

Kelly Lee
Digital Content Specialist

Tesla CEO Elon Musk prompt the electrical carmaker might scale back its headcount by 10 p.c, in response to a brand new report by Reuters.

In an electronic mail to Tesla’s executives, Musk additionally wrote that he had a “tremendous unhealthy feeling” in regards to the financial system, and ordered a pause in “all hiring worldwide,” the newswire acknowledged. Tesla employs roughly 100,000 individuals.

Earlier in June, Electrik and Bloomberg each reported on one other inside electronic mail wherein Musk mentioned distant work was “now not acceptable” and “anybody who needs to do distant work should be within the workplace for a minimal (and I imply *minimal*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla.” That missive made it clear that Musk believes managers are at their best when groups are bodily current. (It additionally raises enormous questions on what Musk would do if he succeeds in buying Twitter, because the social-networking large at the moment permits its workers to work remotely.)

Given what number of different corporations have embraced distant and hybrid work, making an attempt to implement a compulsory return-to-office might doubtlessly give Tesla some retention points. In survey after survey over the previous few years, technologists have emphasised their love for hybrid and distant work—and their willingness to go away an organization that doesn’t supply a adequate stage of flexibility. If Musk thinks Tesla faces financial turbulence, he’ll want all the highest tech expertise he can get—however a few of that expertise won’t need to stick round with out versatile scheduling.

Not less than Tesla isn’t alone in relation to hiring slowdowns: Meta, Snap, Coinbase, and different corporations have introduced hiring slowdowns or freezes over the previous a number of weeks. The reasoning behind these methods varies; as an illustration, social-networking giants have seen their advert revenues decline thanks partly to Apple’s ultra-stringent privateness laws, resulting in a renewed want to chop prices. On a macroeconomic stage, although, there’s nonetheless sturdy demand for tech hiring.

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