- Twitter’s offices are currently closed until Monday, and badge access has been temporarily disabled.
- Musk gave Twitter staff the option to work “long hours at high intensity” or find another job. As a result, hundreds of workers have resigned.
- Disgruntled workers are allegedly planning to sabotage the business.
Twitter locks staff: Elon Musk has told his remaining Twitter employees that they can’t come to work until next week because he’s afraid that unhappy employees will take action against the company.
Twitter employees were told that all of their offices would be closed until next week, starting right away.
The BBC got a copy of an email sent to Twitter employees that said the company would temporarily close its offices and only let people in with badges until Monday.
There have been reports that hundreds of Twitter employees are leaving the struggling social media company after Musk gave them the option to work “long hours at high intensity” or leave.
Musk is said to have closed the offices because he was worried that unhappy employees would hurt the business.
Regarding the office closures, Twitter said to its employees, “Thank you for your flexibility.” Please continue to follow company rules and don’t share any confidential business information on social media, in the press, or in other public places.
Hundreds of employees reportedly turned down Musk’s demand that they work harder and longer hours to create a “hardcore” version of Twitter. The CEO has warned that anyone who does not sign up will be fired.
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Forty-two percent (180/360) of respondents who took part in a poll on the workplace app Blind, which verifies users through their work emails and allows them to share information anonymously, selected the option “Taking the exit option, I’m free!”
Twenty-five percent of respondents classified their decision to stay as “reluctant,” while only seven percent “clicked yes to stay; I’m hardcore.”
Musk and his team may have been caught off guard by the high number of employees who have decided to leave.
One active worker and one former worker in contact with Twitter coworkers reported that Musk met with some top employees to try to convince them to stay.
We don’t know how many people have decided to stay, but the numbers suggest that some employees aren’t thrilled about working for a company where Musk has suddenly fired half the staff (including the top management) and is shifting the culture to prioritize long hours and rapid innovation.
According to two independent sources, the company has informed its staff that it will be closing its offices and removing badge access until Monday. An anonymous source claims that on Thursday night, security guards began ordering workers to leave the building.
Musk tweeted late Thursday night that “the best people are staying” and that he was unconcerned about employee departures.
Even though there were a lot of resignations, Twitter’s billionaire owner said that it was more popular than ever.
He then tweeted, “And we just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage,” without providing any context.
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Even though they were asked to comment, Twitter’s communication team, which has undergone a lot of changes recently, has been quiet.
With the departure of so many engineers who were in charge of fixing bugs and getting service back up and running, many people are starting to wonder if the platform will be around in the long run.
One source said that the Twitter app for employees started performing slowly on Thursday evening and that the public version of Twitter was likely to crash sometime during the night.
They said, “If it does break, there is no one left to fix things in many areas,” but they would not give their names for fear of retribution.
The number of reports of Twitter being down increased dramatically from Thursday afternoon (when there were less than 50 reports) to Thursday night (when there were more than 350 reports), as shown by the website Downdetector, which monitors website and app downtime.
According to the ex-employee, about 50 Twitter employees were involved in a private Signal chat, and nearly 40 of them announced their intention to leave.
An additional 360 people joined a new channel in the Twitter staff Slack called “voluntary layoff,” according to someone familiar with the group.
The percentage of Twitter users who would quit based on the answers of a separate blind poll is presented. More than half of the people who answered the poll thought that more than half of the workers would quit.
For the second time in as many weeks, Twitter and its internal chatrooms were flooded with blue hearts and salute emojis on Thursday as employees said their goodbyes.
By 6 p.m. Eastern, over a dozen Twitter employees in the United States and Europe had announced their departure via the microblogging service. However, it was not possible to confirm each resignation without relying on the others.
Wednesday morning, Musk emailed Twitter staff, saying, “Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore.”
Employees were encouraged to respond with a “yes” if they wished to remain on the team. The email said that anyone who didn’t respond by Thursday at 5 p.m. EDT would be assumed to have quit and would be eligible for a severance payment.
The staff frantically discussed options as the deadline loomed.
An employee who is leaving Twitter revealed to Reuters that a group of people within the company had decided to leave together.
Tess Rinearson’s departure was notable because she was in charge of assembling Twitter’s cryptocurrency team. In a tweet, Rinearson included a blue heart and a salute emoji.
Musk reportedly told staff to “go hard” on their work. On Thursday, several engineers told the company they were leaving. Their Twitter profiles called them “softcore engineers” or “ex-hardcore engineers.”
Musk made a lighthearted tweet as resignations started coming in.
Is there a secret to making a comfortable living off of social media? Twitter was his medium of choice, and he tweeted. Saying, “Go big or go home,” is a good way to begin.