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Elon Musk emails at Tesla in October 2021: Music, direct orders


Elon Musk is the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO.

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TeslaElon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors is well-known for spontaneous communication. He uses Twitter and e-mails “everybody”, which he then sends to his employees.

CNBC obtained two e-mails Musk sent in October to employees at Tesla. One of the emails stated that listening to music while at work was fine, and another said it was okay to use one earbud to monitor safety-related concerns. Musk’s second and more severe email reminded workers that they have only three options when Musk gives directions. He can either explain his error, ask for clarification or simply execute.

Tesla’s announcement at the time was new. record third-quarter deliveriesIt did so despite the supply chain pressures and most importantly a shortage of chips. Finally, the long-awaited had been released “Full Self-Driving Beta” buttonTesla owners can sign up to pre-release driver aid software in order to drive their Tesla vehicles on the public roads.

The company was incorporated on October 4. lost a big caseIn San Francisco, a jury ruled that Tesla must compensate Owen Diaz (a former worker) $137million after the latter had suffered a hostile and racially charged work environment while working at Tesla’s Fremont car plant.

CNBC also looked at other Musk emails in the recent months. These included words of encouragement to employees who work on Tesla’s factory in Berlin. CNBC agreed with an August bullish analyst call suggesting that Tesla stock could go up. $3,000 per share — if the company executes well.

This is what Musk said to employees Oct. 3, and Oct. 4.

The first was all about music at the office.

To Everybody

From: Elon Musk

Date: Sunday, Oct. 3 [time redacted]

Subj. Music in the Factory

Just wanted you to know that I support music at the factory and any other small touches that can make your work experience more pleasant.

A colleague just wrote me to ask if one earbud could be used for music and the other for safety issues. It sounds great to me.

Ambient music can also be played from speakers, provided that there’s some agreement between your coworkers about the choices.

Let me know what you believe would help improve your day. You should look forward to going to work everyday!

This second reminder reminded everyone who their boss was.

To Everybody

From: Elon Musk

Time: Monday, October 4. [time redacted]

Subj. Subj.

Managers are limited to three options if I send an email with specific directions.

1. Send me an email to correct my mistakes. Sometimes, it’s just wrong.

2. Ask for clarification if you have any questions.

3. Follow these instructions.

Managers who fail to do any of these things will be asked immediately to resign.

Many thanks.