Elon Musk thinks work-from-home for tech workers is 'morally wrong'

Musk cites service workers to make his point and says nobody should have the privilege if they don't.
Ameya Paleja
Musk thinks work from home policies have moral issues
Musk thinks work from home policies have moral issues

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, Tesla, and SpaceX, has called 'work-from-home' a morally wrong concept and referred to tech workers as ''laptop classes living in a la-la-land'. Musk made these comments during an interview with CNBC.

The comments from Musk should not surprise anyone considering that he was adamant that Tesla workers return to factories at the height of the COVID pandemic and later even threatened to fire people if they did not spend 40 hours in the office every week.

Musk's acquisition of Twitter also turned the lives of its employees' upside down. Before Musk, Twitter had a 'work-from-anywhere' policy for its employees, but Musk required that employees return to the office with immediate effect as soon he became CEO.

Work-from-home is morally wrong

One would presume that Musk's issues with work-from-home policies would stem from concerns about the productivity of employees. Musk stated that he firmly believes that people are more productive in person. However, this time, Musk has added morality to the mix and questioned if others enjoy the same privilege as tech workers.

Specifically, Musk mentioned service workers such as those involved in delivering food, fixing houses, or even people who make cars required to be at a workplace every day. In contrast, tech workers enjoyed working from home. He further added that it was "messed up" that tech workers wanted such a privilege when others around them did not enjoy it.

Calling tech workers, 'laptop classes', Musk said they needed to "Get off the goddamn moral high horse with the work-from-home bullshit” during the interview.

Interestingly, Musk's electric-making company Tesla was more open to remote work before the COVID pandemic, but the raging viral infections seemed to have changed something in Musk. Perhaps his Giga factories in Berlin and Texas were losing the company billions of dollars when production stayed low, which changed Musk's outlook on work.

While that might be true about Tesla or even SpaceX, it is unclear why Musk wants Twitter employees to report to a physical workspace when he is not very keen on paying rent.

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