This week a new wave of staff cuts hit Twitter

This week, a new wave of staff cuts hit Twitter

Friday has already become something of a “moment of truth” for current Twitter workers as it marks the second time Elon Musk has made layoffs since buying the company in late October. This time, remaining employees were promised an extremely high workload, but those who refused could leave the company and receive the severance payment due.

    Image Source: Reuters, Mike Blake

Image Source: Reuters, Mike Blake

In a written note to Twitter employees on Wednesday, Reuters, Elon Musk outlined the following perspectives: In his opinion, in order to bring Twitter 2.0 to a breakthrough and to be successful in a world with increasing competition, the team must work and act extremely actively and hard. The recipients of the letters had to agree to their participation in the implementation of such a plan by 5 p.m. Thursday, but if they ignored or declined that offer, they could expect to receive payments due three months in advance with notice.

According to Reuters, as of Friday morning it was known that at least several dozen Twitter employees had been fired, although it was not possible to confirm this number through official channels. Some teams left Twitter in full force, other employees who left dubbed themselves “soft engineers” in contrast to Musk’s demands to be “tough” to save jobs.

Like last time, Twitter management ordered the company’s offices to be closed on Friday and denied access to all employees due to the need to prevent those actually fired from gaining access to proprietary information and maintain infrastructures. The media called Elon Musk’s new appeal to Twitter employees an “ultimatum”. The offices are open from Monday and all employees of the company have been advised not to speak to the press and outsiders about what is happening on Twitter.

Elon Musk has even tried to persuade key specialists who have decided to leave the company to stay in face-to-face meetings with the team, it is made clear Bloomberg. He also relaxed his telecommuting policy, telling those who want to benefit from such a scheme they just need to convince their line manager to acknowledge the employee’s exceptional contribution to the common cause. At the same time, you must continue to appear in the office once a month. Musk urged executives not to abuse their right to put select employees on “remote work” and threatened them with firing. According to Bloomberg, some of the previously reduced specialists managed to return to the company. Ella Irwin, who left Twitter earlier, will head up the security and trust unit staff.

According to information CNBCIn an appeal to Twitter’s lower executives, Elon Musk demanded that they have face-to-face meetings with the team at least once a week. At the same time, the business owner has not specified what the criteria for “exclusivity” are in relation to the selection of the professionals who are allowed to work remotely. As a last resort, employees are only allowed to meet with managers once a month. Musk also threatened to crack down on abuse among managers when they inappropriately single out certain employees based on their contribution to the job, whether they work in the office or at home.


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