Elon Musk Says Remote Workers Are ‘Detached From Reality’

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Elon Musk ranted against remote work and criticized the work-from-home crowd as being “detached from reality.”

Tesla’s CEO talked about it last Wednesday during Tesla’s third-quarter financial-results call.

He said that the people who ask, “Why doesn’t everyone work from home?” give off “real Marie Antoinette vibes.”

“How detached from reality does the work-from-home crowd have to be? While they take advantage of those who cannot work from home. Why did I sleep in the factory so many times? Because it mattered,” Musk said.

He repeatedly drew a comparison between remote workers and factory, restaurant and delivery workers.

Musk’s comments came as he commented on the affordability of Tesla’s cars. After sharing his thoughts on remote work, he resumed the pricing discussion saying, “So, I just can’t emphasize again how important cost is.”

Musk has made similar comments about remote work in the past. In May, he told CNBC he thought WFH was “morally wrong”.

When he acquired Twitter last year he announced staff were expected to have 40-hour work weeks in the office.

Since then, the company even transformed some offices into bedrooms. A former Twitter executive went viral for sleeping on the floor to meet deadlines imposed by Musk.


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