Multiple current and former Twitter employees have reported that a mass exodus is currently taking place within the company as a result of many people opting to leave in spite of Elon Musk’s requirements for sticking with the company.
A number of Twitter employees seemed to publicly signal that they were leaving as the time for responding to Elon Musk‘s ultimatum to commit to working in a “very intense” fashion at the company approached. Twitter employees began using the salute emoji, which indicates a departure, on Thursday afternoon.
It was “one of the easiest decisions ever made,” a Twitter employee tweeted, explaining why he or she had decided to join the firm. Leaving today was the complete antithesis of that. Employees told CNN that after the 5 pm ET deadline, the business’s internal Slack channel was flooded with the salute emoji from people who had decided not to sign Musk’s commitment and leave the company.
According to an email Elon Musk sent to colleagues on Wednesday, the remaining Twitter personnel had until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday to decide if they wanted to be a part of the culture Musk wanted to implement at the social media firm, or else they would be “essentially resigning.”
One departing Twitter executive called Thursday’s personnel departures a “mass exodus.” According to a copy of the email acquired by CNN from a current Twitter employee, the remaining employees were informed via email on Thursday evening that the company’s offices would be temporarily closed and credential access would be restricted through Monday.
During the big layoffs earlier this month, Elon Musk‘s team did the same out of concerns for safety and the possibility of sabotage by departing employees. Two Twitter employees told CNN on Thursday that they planned to reject the ultimatum because of the poisonous work climate the billionaire is allegedly responsible for creating.
Another Twitter employee told CNN on Wednesday that they were still debating whether or not to leave the company, saying that Musk’s email “felt like a punch in the gut because no matter how you felt about wanting to stay or wanting to go, you were forced to make a decision and feel like you’re up against the time clock to make the best decision for you and your family.”
‘Those judgments are more than just 24 hours,’ the worker continued. Elon Musk told staff on Wednesday that he wants to construct “Twitter 2.0,” and that if they want to stay with the company, they need to be willing to work “long hours at high intensity” and, presumably, return to in-office employment from their current remote arrangements.
One worker reported on Thursday at midday that there was still no clarity over which staff would be eligible for remote work exceptions should they remain with the company. According to CNN, a Twitter employee who requested anonymity provided the network with the text of an email sent by Musk to staff later on Thursday in which he attempted to clarify his views on remote work.
While remote work would be permitted, Musk wrote in an email, “all that is necessary for approval is that your manager accepts responsibility for ensuring that you are making a good contribution.” Employees would also be required to come in for face-to-face meetings at least once a month.
Twenty minutes later, Musk issued a follow-up email in which he said, “At the risk of stating the obvious, any manager who fraudulently asserts that someone reporting to them is doing outstanding work or that a specific function is critical, whether remote or not, will be ejected from the firm.”
After Musk sacked half of Twitter’s personnel earlier this month, cutting its employment to roughly 3,700, and purportedly eliminating many of Twitter‘s contract workers, the company decided to issue an ultimatum. The top executives were removed by him, and the board of directors was dissolved.
Some employees who had publicly criticized Musk on Slack or Twitter have been terminated by Musk. One of the employees who plan to reject the ultimatum stated, “I don’t want to stick around to produce a product that’s being poisoned from the inside and out,” but want to remain anonymous to protect their severance package.
“Despite the economy, everyone pays their dues in some way, and this severance helps me feel secure as I seek a new job.” An insider has informed us that management has recently shown signs of worrying about the high turnover rate and is “scrambling” to keep the best and brightest from leaving.
Twitter did not immediately reply to a request for comment on reports that it has laid off the majority of its public relations staff. A more Twitter worker, who also requested anonymity, voiced similar concerns and announced their intention to leave the firm.
According to CNN, a recently laid-off worker who is still in contact with former coworkers said that everyone they’ve spoken to plans to reject Musk’s ultimatum and leave the company. “People can’t disregard the public mocking and firing of other colleagues,” the former worker told CNN.
And similarly, “they can’t overlook or feel comfortable working for someone who has handled the last few weeks the way Elon has.” Employees “don’t want to sacrifice their mental health and family lives to make the richest man in the world richer,” the ex-worker said.
However, for some, making a choice may prove more difficult. The demand is being made at a time of great stress in the IT industry, following news of widespread layoffs and hiring freezes at key companies like Meta, Amazon, Lyft, and others.
A departure from the corporation could also jeopardize the work visas of foreign nationals currently employed in the United States. An additional four workers told CNN on Thursday that they intend to remain with the company “since change is rarely driven from the outside.”
Musk told a Delaware court on Wednesday during a trial over his Tesla compensation package that the shakeup that is anticipated to come as a result of the ultimatum will be the last element of the “fundamental organizational restructuring” following his acquisition.
Musk claimed in an email sent out on Wednesday that the “new Twitter” will be “far more engineering-driven,” prompting some non-engineering employees to worry that their careers may be in jeopardy even if they choose to remain with the company.
An employee who was unsure about the decision remarked, “There’s no assurance in this, you’re just thinking ‘I might be able to advocate for myself, might not.'” Inquiring, “What’s behind this door? Obviously, you have no idea. If there’s one door you know for sure it’s the one out.”