Elon Musk can tweet the word “hi” and receive tens of thousands of likes, retweets, and comments, so when he tweets about his expectations for his staff once his purchase of Twitter is complete, it’s no surprise that Twitter has a meltdown.
On Friday, the quirky billionaire tweeted a link to a Fortune article that claims, “job interest in Twitter skyrocketed more than 250% since Elon Musk moved to take over,” along with a statement about what working for him would look like.
“If Twitter acquisition completes, company will be super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware,” Musk tweeted.
“Also,” he added, “work ethic expectations would be extreme, but much less than I demand of myself.”
Also, work ethic expectations would be extreme, but much less than I demand of myself
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 7, 2022
As previously reported, Musk laid out his vision for the social media platform via a pitch deck to investors, including plans to fire around 1,000 staffers before bringing on thousands of new employees, mainly in the field of engineering. Ultimately, Musk sees the company employing 11,072 people by 2025, up from the current number of 7,500 — but not before it sheds the dead weight.
“I strongly believe that all managers in a technology area must be technically excellent,” Musk tweeted Friday. “Managers in software must write great software or it’s like being a cavalry captain who can’t ride a horse!”
I strongly believe that all managers in a technical area must be technically excellent.
Managers in software must write great software or it’s like being a cavalry captain who can’t ride a horse!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2022
The reaction to Musk’s thread resulted in a back-and-forth Tweet-fest between those who support Musk’s $44 billion purchase of the company and those who are vehemently opposed to it, offering a fascinating glimpse into what appears to be a worldwide work-divide in today’s culture.
“So you think you can put the right ethical benchmark for anyone?” asked one user. “Why you? Who do you think you are?”
“The owner of the company,” a Musk-supporter replied. “He can set whatever standards he likes. If the employees don’t like it they can leave.”
“He’s the guy who has landed rockets. Made electric vehicles. Survived an all out attack from Big oil, Wall street and the MSM all at the same time and is now standing strong as a symbol of hope to the masses of this hijacked world. The one person who genuinely cares,” responded another. “Who are you?”
The owner of the company. He can set whatever standards he likes. If the employees don’t like it they can leave.
— Snowy2014 (@Snowy20142) May 7, 2022
He’s the guy who has landed rockets. Made electric vehicles. Survived an all out attack from Big oil, Wall street and the MSM all at the same time and is now standing strong as a symbol of hope to the masses of this hijacked world. The one person who genuinely cares. Who are you?
— Nunny (@Nunny369) May 8, 2022
“bro nobody wanna work for a boss with those expectations,” said one user.
“Well nobody wants to work,” another user shot back. “Over here in Canada we’re currently importing a lot of foreign labor because people prefer to siphon money from the government and stay on Twitter all day rather than work.”
“Same in UK,” stated a third.
Well nobody wants to work. Over here in Canada we're currently importing a lot of foreign labor because people prefer to siphon money from the government and stay on Twitter all day rather than work.
— Kristian Walker (@KristianKWalker) May 7, 2022
Same in UK. People prefer receive money from Gov.
But employers here also expecting great work ethic, but they can not keep treat a good workers with respect. Harassment is everywhere.
So what we talk about?
— David XLeverage (@David_Xmove) May 8, 2022
“Remember folks, this is coming from a man who was born with all his basic needs met and more, talking down on people who work for what they got,” interjected one user.
“Elon?” asked another incredulously. “Elon works 80-100 hours a week as an engineer and designer in addition to his role running 4-5 multi-billion dollar companies. He has 8 kids; his eldest son died of SIDs at 10 weeks. He was bullied so bad as a child he had to be hospitalized. Nothing spoiled about him.”
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