“Elon Musk told Tesla employees that they can no longer work from home” links

Elon Musk told Tesla employees they could no longer work from home, they have to put in 40 hours a week in the office. [Dlisted]
Ranking the best and worst grunts of tennis. My favorite grunting tennis player: the now-retired Juan Martin del Potro. He had a great grunt, low & sexy. [Gawker]
ICYMI: Duchess Meghan wore Dior couture and looked rich. [RCFA]
Pete Davidson asked Megan Fox for Kim Kardashian’s number. [Just Jared]
Zendaya’s birthday post for Tom Holland is adorable. [LaineyGossip]
Beavis & Butthead are back! [Seriously OMG]
Recap of The Boys Season 2. [Pajiba]
Will dudes buy this Dior collection? [Go Fug Yourself]
Kellyanne Conway’s book is flopping. [Towleroad]
More photos of Prince Louis at Trooping the Colour. [Buzzfeed]
Idris Elba is the wrist of Gucci’s latest timepiece. [Tom & Lorenzo]
Megan Thee Stallion looks amazing here. [Egotastic]

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  1. Merricat says:

    I guess Kellyanne Conway wasn’t paying attention to how women are “valued” in the Party of Dump. She’s to say what she’s told, and when to say it, and she’s already outlived her shelf-life and usefulness. Sad! Lol

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Delicious!! Now I can have sweet dreams of Kelly Anne flopping forever……

  2. DeeSea says:

    Musk is probably hoping that 10% (or more) of the workforce will just quit upon hearing this mandate. That way, the workforce is reduced without Tesla management needing to manage the layoffs and pay severance. Problem is, that tactic usually drives away only the top performers—the ones who are confident that they can get a better WFH job wherever they want. Good luck with that, Musky. It’s a bold gambit.

    • Seraphina says:

      Exactly. Just smoke and mirrors trying to look big and bad about “forcing” workers back for productivity but the truth is work force needed to be reduced. There is a Governor doing the same, but rumor has it that’s he’s cow tailing to his rich peeps who own property and businesses across the state.

    • Barbiem says:

      Yep. Totally agree.
      He should have at least offered 1 or 2 days at home. But some of his top performers are now going to be looking to leave.

    • Mim says:

      Totally agree – I think it’s part of his plan to drive down the purchase cost of Twitter. Plus he’s giving off Dr. Evil vibes in the last picture.

    • liz says:

      Musk is going to lose some of his key people with this. His recent behavior is probably making some of them very wary of staying and this is a good excuse to leave. They just have to take the next call from the headhunter and they are halfway out the door.

    • goofpuff says:

      Haha like Musk is actually in his office 40 hours a week. Do as I say not as I do?

  3. Eurydice says:

    Ok, the fit of Meghan’s coat (not coatdress) makes a bit more sense to me now that I know there’s a shirt and wool skirt under it. She killed it.

    • OG Bella says:

      I was definitely one of the people who didn’t love it in the og post but once I saw it from a different angle and realized that she wasn’t cosplaying wearing coatdress, but that it was an actual coat over a dress I really liked it

  4. Another Anna says:

    Elon Musk is terrible at actually running a company and the people who praise him as a genius/visionary/etc are buying into a manufactured PR campaign and I will die on this hill.

    I’m glad Kellyanne’s book is flopping. I saw she went on The Daily Show and I made it about thirty seconds in before I had to turn off the interview because she was just using it to complain about the Biden administration while trying to separate herself from the Trump clown show juuuuuust enough to sell her book. The only way to negate the harm this woman does is to deprive her of airtime. I’m honestly not sure she’s capable of telling the truth anymore. Her husband also seems like a nasty piece of work who’s on the Good Former Republican grift. I hope someone is looking out for Claudia’s well-being.

  5. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I am no fan of big business, they will screw employees any chance they get. However, if employees claim that their job “can totally be done remotely” then the next step is to outsource that job to a foreign country for 1/10 what they pay you. And/or, move employees out of the “employee” category and into “independent contractor” status (claiming no supervision) and the employees loose benefits like retirement, health plan, etc. In a perfect world that wouldn’t happen, but my view of big business is that they would welcome those excuses.

    • KS says:

      I disagree. My company is over 80% work from home and while we continue to encounter the same attrition problems most employers are, the moral, productivity, and engagement are doing very well. If you have to bring people into the office to bolster that, then you’re not a well functioning company. You likely have not maintained your tech or invested in your culture and now you’re playing catch up (the collective you). That’s not on employees.

      • KS says:

        Sorry, missed my edit window! I realize you’re not advocating it, just saying you don’t trust big business not to do it. I agree that big business isn’t to be trusted. All I’m trying to say is that outsourcing isn’t easy or cheap. Dealing with many outsource vendors is it’s own hellscape. A reputable company in it for the long haul will not take that route. It’s ultimately not profitable.

    • Michael says:

      We had to fight for years to get the one-day-at-home privilege but then the pandemic started and we all had to work from home and my company realized that we were paying for our own internet and toilet paper and coffee and donuts etc. Now they won’t let us come back to the office. In fact, my section of the building (Finance office) got sublet to a real estate company so I have no office to go back to. I have been working from home since Feb of 2020 and I guess it will be forever now

      • AuntRara says:

        Same thing happened to me! (Thank GOD.) We were *never* allowed to work from home before. Even if there was a terrible ice storm or blizzard we were told that if we couldn’t get to work safely we’d need to use a vacation day. Then the pandemic hit and we were instantly 100% remote. The footprint of our office is now about 15% of what it was and they’re looking to lease some of the remaining space out as well. At this point, I think it would be really difficult for them to justify the expense of bringing us back even if they wanted to. I hope they never do.

    • liz says:

      It really depends on the job/industry.

      Most legal work can be done remotely, but a firm will be hard-pressed to find a sufficient number of appropriately licensed attorneys outside of the US. I’m a retired lawyer, many of my friends are still practicing. Almost all of them work from home at least 3 days a week; a few no longer have on-site offices – they are entirely work-from-home. Even the Judge only goes in once or twice a week for in-person hearings/conferences. He does all of his reading and writing at home. Same with CPAs – the licensing requirements make it next to impossible to off-shore those jobs.

    • SourcesclosetoKate says:

      @krabapple I agree. This is how it begins especially if foriegners are willing to do for less

  6. Yo says:

    Interesting to see a lot of people are missing the point. He’s doing this because of the abuse of his factory workers. He’s making them work 24 hours around the clock and sleeping on the floor of a factory. So when he says this is what we expect us factory workers that’s not true either. hes treating the factory workers like slaves And throwing them under the bus to the regular workers so that they’ll go back to work so Hopefully the people who know what he’s doing and complaining will be quiet. He’s disgusting. He’s earned that face of his that joker joke of a face

  7. samipup says:

    Why don’t they get soundproof headphones for the children, like you see at concerts and at firework displays? There is an abundance of photographic evidence that they are needed. Those poor kids!

  8. Lizzythe2 says:

    I thought the big story here today would be Shakira and her husband splitting. Guess not?

    • Fancyhat says:

      They never married. Did they officially split or is it still rumors? I personally think they have an open relationship.

      • Stef says:

        Shakira and Pique never married but have been together for +11 years and have two young sons.

        I highly doubt they have an open marriage and if you know Shakira, you know that isn’t her style. Rumour has it he stepped out, she caught him, and they are currently separated and working through it.

        Plus, her songs are like her diary as she writes most of her own music. Her latest song lyrics are telling… So is “Don’t Wait Up”. It’s sad because just a few years ago, she basically wrote a whole love-letter of an album for him.

    • Laura says:

      There was a post on it over the weekend!

  9. Flowerlake says:

    Rude awakening for some of those guys who act like lovesick puppies about him.

    • goofpuff says:

      Not really. The “tech bros” who worship him as the second coming of Tony Stark love his misogynistic asshole moves.

      • Flowerlake says:

        Until they got used to working from home and are forced back into the office.

  10. JRenee says:

    He’s a tyrant. The weird vibe he gives is totally real.
    If they could do the work before, why not continue or at least offer hybrid weeks, especially with the current gas cost..

  11. The Recluse says:

    He’s a loathesome troll and needs to pay what he owes in taxes, especially since he got such beneficial tax breaks to make his fortune.

    • DeeSea says:

      What really needs to happen is a federal-level redefinition of what amount of taxes he—and his companies—owe. Until then, who can blame him for paying the smallest amount of tax as required by law. It’s up to each of us to vote in lawmakers who will make paying taxes more fair across the board.

  12. WentThere says:

    He is right. And if you think about it, he has shown nothing but swoon-worthy leadership these last few years. We’re talking about cutting-edge, we started at Back to the Future and now we’re here, space inventor, plastic surgery after-photo, Elon Musk here. He’s from the future, right? At a certain point in one’s success, one can never not be right. ..Am I right?

  13. Snowy says:

    He’s in manufacturing, not software or whatever though. I don’t know if this matters and makes his demand more legitimate. You can’t build a car working from home.

    • SomeChick says:

      none of the manufacturing jobs were ever WFH. he made his factory workers come in and get covid. the jobs that transitioned to WFH are obviously the desk jobs. now he wants to claw that back. he’s the classic avaricious grifting evil capitalist swine.

    • Anonymous says:

      For jobs that can be done all remotely, I think it depends on the person a lot as to whether they are more productive at home, in person, or a hybrid. I suspect a lot of people’s learning disabilities would be better accommodated by being able to choose between these options. Some options may be better for one’s conative styles than others. I am SO much more productive at home. I know people in COVID who said they were SO much more productive in the office and couldn’t wait to go back. I know others who went hybrid as soon as they could because they wanted some variety to where they worked. For most of them, it worked best when they could choose how many and which days they came in or stayed home and it stayed pretty consistent, though not the same every week. I think letting people choose which way they work so they can beat excel is the smartest way to go if you am afford the overhead of some office space. I’ve been working remotely and/or hybrid since 2005. Since Skype, Zoom, Teams, etc. came along it’s more interesting in some ways and there are more tools, but we had conference calls and FTP sites and Sharepoint, etc. even then. It’s not rocket science, if you hire people who are are conscientious, they will get the work done! Let them do it where they function best to excel.

    • Snowy says:

      I do a lot of freelance business writing and end up reading/skimming a lot of business publications. All the major business publications / universities / consultancies (incl HBR, McKinsey, EY, etc) seem to agree employees LOVE WFH and you have to offer it to some degree if you can to retain talent, esp millennials and younger. They also agree it means massive cost savings in terms of overheads. However, they also seem agree it’s very hard to consistently manage and motivate workers to stay productive and keep them engaged.

      I don’t think it’s an evil grifting capitalistic approach to mandate on-site work. Capitalism by nature is about extracting what you can from resources, including human ones. But I think he’s going to lose out on valuable talent by taking such a hardline approach on remote work. It’s also brand damage to come out and say it like this.

  14. Well Wisher says:

    Somebody needs to feel good about themselves, so Musk picks on his staff.

  15. Doc says:

    Guess Musk hasn’t noticed it’s an employee market right now. I hope his employees quit. Just shows you how employers don’t respect the employees and that’s why companies are in this mess. People think stimulus money is why people aren’t working. WTF?!??! Americans only got a few measly hundred dollars and that was taxed. That money was used to pay people’s bills at the time. I think people are finally deciding to live within their means so they don’t have to work for a while.

  16. Julia K says:

    No comments on Prince Louis? He was clearly not happy and should have been handed over to Nanny Maria. A distressed child should not be entertainment.

  17. Silent Star says:

    This is how we know Musk is not a business genius. Employees who are not treated with respect and compassion are less productive.