Tesla employees returning to the office face resource constraints • The Register

Tesla employees suffered from patchy Wi-Fi and struggled to find desks and parking as they returned to work in the office on orders from CEO Elon Musk.

Most tech companies are either following a hybrid working model or are still working entirely remotely. However, Musk wants his automaker’s employees to return to the office for at least 40 hours a week. Those who don’t return risk losing their jobs, he warned in an internal email earlier this month.

“Everyone at Tesla has to be in the office at least 40 hours a week. In addition, the office needs to be where your actual colleagues are, not in a remote pseudo-office. If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you resigned,” he wrote.

But the electric-car maker appears ill-equipped to handle the influx of people returning to its Fremont, California location. There weren’t enough desks for employees, and some complained of poor Wi-Fi signals hampering their ability to work. That’s because the company hired a lot more people and adjusted its office space during the pandemic, leading to a shortage of desks and whatnot, according to The Information, when everyone turned up as ordered.

Tesla reportedly doubled its workforce from 2019 to 2021, growing to 99,210 employees. Fremont is home to the company’s largest factory, employing over 20,000 people, and many more employees work nearby at corporate headquarters. The parking lots were full and spilled over to the nearest BART public transit station. Managers reportedly advised employees not to come into the office five days a week as the company struggled to manage the new return-to-work policy.

The carmaker, which was disbanding its internal PR department, did not react immediately The registry Request for comments.

Musk previously said Tesla must pause hiring and shed 10 percent of its workforce as the US enters a recession due to a “super bad feeling” about the economy amid rising inflation rates, according to Reuters. Some newly hired employees have been laid off from their jobs for weeks, Bloomberg reported.

Production of its semi-autonomous electric cars has slowed as its Shanghai, China plant was forced to close in April due to strict lockdown restrictions. Musk also sold $8.4 billion in Tesla stock that same month to raise money to acquire Twitter. Tesla’s stock price has fallen steadily in May and has yet to recover. At the time of writing, it was down 0.32 percent. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/06/27/tesla_workers_office/ Tesla employees returning to the office face resource constraints • The Register

Chrissy Callahan

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