Tesla tracks office attendance by tracking how often employees use their badges to log in.
The automaker sent emails to employees who weren’t “badging in” enough, Insider confirmed.
On May 31, Elon Musk told staff to return to the office or retire 40 hours a week, reports said.
Tesla is monitoring employee office visits, a Tesla employee said, posting to the professional networking app Blind.
On Tuesday, a Tesla employee Posted a screenshot to Blind of an automated email from Tesla. The email informed the individual that he had not used his badge to enter a Tesla facility in the past month for at least 16 days. A Tesla employee confirmed the email’s authenticity to Insider.
A Tesla spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from Insider.
“This is an automated notification,” the email read. “You are receiving this email because there is no record that you are using your badge to enter a Tesla facility for at least 16 days during the 30-day period ending June 28. As a reminder, all employees are deemed be back in the office, full time. We realize that there are several reasons why you have not applied, including illness, vacation or business travel. Anyway, please clarify the reason for your absence by email to your manager , with a copy also sent to [email protected].”
Another blind after about Tesla said the new policy could deter workers.
“This feels wrong,” the person wrote. “I can’t quite put into words why it bothers me, it feels like it’s overkill. It’s controlling. It’s disrespectful.”
Blind is an anonymous forum for verified employees to discuss company issues. The platform verifies the identity of users through their corporate emails. Neither Blind User responded to a request for comment in time for publication.
On May 31, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, issued an ultimatum to Tesla staff, calling on them to return to the office for a minimum of 40 hours a week or to quit, reports said. The billionaire has said the move is part of an effort to promote equality between factory workers — who had to work in person during the pandemic — and executives.
On Monday, The information reported that Tesla employees difficulty Find desk space and parking at Tesla’s Fremont factory amid Musk’s bid for Tesla’s almost 100,000 employees to fully return to the office. The publication reported that some executives were telling employees to come fewer than five days a week because of the lack of space — a direct conflict with Musk’s mandate.
Tesla isn’t the first to track employee filings. In April, Insider was the first to report that JPMorgan had begun to track office attendance using “dashboards” and “reports.” The company used the data to enforce return-to-office quotas, including through phone calls and emails from executives to staffers who fell short of JPMorgan’s return-to-office expectations, Insider previously reported.
At the time, several employees told Insider that the new policy had led them to look for jobs elsewhere.
Tesla employees could have a similar reaction. Earlier this month, recruiters at major companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, started targeting Tesla employees on LinkedIn who might be averse to Musk’s return-to-office edict.
Tesla’s New Policy Comes After Musk said he plans to eliminate about 10% of salaried workers because of: concerns on the future of the US economy. Insider earlier reported that the layoffs have already started.
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