Elon Musk criticizes WFH as a morally dubious practice and described Twitter layoffs as desperate measures due to negative cash flow and Limited cash on hand.


In a recent interview with CNBC, Tesla CEO Elon Musk voiced his strong criticism of working from home (WFH), stating that it is detrimental to productivity and morally wrong. Musk said that people who have the luxury of working remotely while others are required to report to work are sending the incorrect message to employees who do not have the choice of working from home.

Musk emphasized the importance of recognizing the contributions of individuals in physical roles, such as factory workers, service providers, and construction workers. "People building cars, servicing cars, building houses, making food, making all the things that individuals consume," he said. It's incorrect to believe that, while others must go to work, you do not." According to Musk, allowing specific individuals to work remotely and prohibiting others create an unfair disparity.

It is not the first time Musk has advocated for a return to office policies. Last summer, he issued an ultimatum to Tesla employees, mandating a minimum of 40 hour/week in the office. He criticized the "laptop class" for living in a world detached from the realities of physical work.

In addition to criticizing remote work, Musk also commented on the recent layoffs at Twitter. While he acknowledged that the job cuts were necessary due to the company's challenging financial situation, he described them as "desperate measures" and stated that the layoffs were too deep. Musk further suggested that Twitter should consider hiring more people and potentially rehiring some of those who left.

Twitter had faced significant financial difficulties, with a negative $3 billion cash flow and only $1 billion cash on hand. As a result, Musk made the difficult choice to fire almost 6,000 people, dramatically decreasing the company's workforce.

Musk's criticisms of remote work and his remarks on the Twitter layoffs have sparked a debate regarding the ethics and practicality of these practices. As the future of work continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how companies and employees will balance remote and in-person work arrangements while addressing the concerns raised by individuals like Elon Musk.

— Kritika Singhal

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