Twitter has notified employees of the closure of the company’s US headquarters, effective immediately and through November 21. Many workers, angry with the management of the new owner, Elon Musk, leave the company.
A brief message sent to workers surprised thousands. “With immediate effect, we are temporarily closing the offices and all access cards will be suspended. The buildings will reopen on Monday, November 21,” reads an email sent to Twitter employees on Friday, to which the channel had access to the British television channel BBC.
“Please respect the company’s policies and refrain from discussing confidential matters or company information on social networks, with the press or elsewhere,” reads the message, which offers no explanation for the “temporary” closure of the offices.
The announcement comes as reports of mass layoffs are appearing on Twitter, with employees annoyed by the new owner’s labor policies. The company laid off about 3,700 employees, half the company’s workforce at the time Elon Musk bought it about three weeks ago, and urged those who remain to “work long hours at a fast pace” or to leave.
In an email to employees, Musk told them to “be extremely committed” or leave the company, the US newspaper “The Washington Post” reported. Anyone who has not yet signed the new conditions for intensive work and extended working hours on Thursday the 17th will receive three months of compensation and a greenway out of the blue bird company.
The approximately 3,500 workers who have escaped Elon’s ax are growing dissatisfaction and a desire to leave, according to Reuters. In a survey conducted through the Blind application, which allows you to anonymously rate employees’ moods, 42% of the 180 who responded to the survey said they chose the “I’m leaving, I’m free” option. while 25% said they accepted “reluctantly to stay”. Only 7% responded affirmatively to Musk’s request to keep working longer and harder.
There is no concrete estimate of how many people have left, will leave, or plan to leave Twitter. In recent days, more than 500 employees have written farewell messages on that social network and fears are growing that the departure of technicians responsible for troubleshooting or preventing service outages could affect the platform in the coming days.
With the slogan #LoveWereYouWorked (AdoreiOndeWorked) and an emoji greeting, many employees take to Twitter to say goodbye to the company, annoyed by the company’s “muscular” employment policies. “I think when the dust settles there will probably be less than 2,000 people on Twitter,” a former employee told the BBC on condition of anonymity.
“I didn’t want to work for someone who threatened us multiple times with emails when I was already working 60 to 70 hours a week,” said another employee, also without revealing his identity, who left Twitter before the new guidelines. Elon Musk. were known. . The owner of the company had already declared the end of telecommuting, claiming that working remotely was not as productive.
Amid the turmoil surrounding the company, Musk seems unbothered. “The best stay. Not super worried,” the owner tweeted to the company.
The best people stay, so I’m not worried
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
“And meanwhile… we reached a new peak on twitter,” he recently wrote, also on that social network.
Frank Lesser, answered with irony. “Rome never shone brighter at night, Nero,” wrote the modern-day satyr who won an Emmy for his work on the comedy show “Colbert Reoprt,” referring to the story of the former emperor watching the fire that destroyed the former capital of Rome. the empire Roman as he played the lyre and watched the city go down in flames, in the year 64 AD.
The mention on Twitter of the richest man in the world, with a fortune of more than 220 billion euros, equivalent to the wealth produced in Portugal during a year, coincided with the dismissal of thousands of workers.
On the day he joined the company, October 28, four top executives, including the general manager, Parag Agrawal, left. According to the international media, Musk’s arrival also marked the departure of the chief financial officer, Ned Segal, and the head of the legal department, Vijaya Gadde, reports the Indian newspaper “The Hindu Times”. According to the American “The New York Times”, the general counsel, Sean Edgett, and the director of relations with customers, Sarah Personette, were also fired.