Last Thursday (3), Elon Musk sent a memo to all Twitter employees in which he informs that the company will lay off several employees. According to Business Insider3,700 were sent to the street — and they are already taking legal action against the ex-boss.
Since before finalizing the purchase, rumors indicated that Musk would “pass the machete” on the social network’s staff. The first report, published by the The Washington Post, pointed out that 75% of employees would be fired. However, Twitter stated in a memo that the news did not match the truth — it only got the percentage wrong.
The total of 3,700 laid off is equivalent to nearly half of Twitter’s workforce. O Bloomberg states that former employees of the social network have already started a lawsuit against the company. The reason is that California state law requires a company to report mass layoffs (called layoffs) 60 days in advance.
The vehicle contacted Twitter for the social network to comment on the situation. Obviously, there was no response — and I say there won’t be. Looking back, Elon Musk ended up with Tesla’s PR department. It is very likely that the same has happened on social media.
Twitter employees had emails blocked
In the memo informing the mass layoff, Musk explained how the employees’ Friday will work.
The statement says that, starting at 9 am (US West time, 1 pm in Brasília) this Friday, emails will be sent with the subject “Your Role on Twitter”. Those who continue with the job will receive a notification in the Twitter email, those who have been fired will receive it in the personal email. Detail: some already know about the dismissal because they lost access to the professional address.
Ben Collins, a reporter for NBC, posted on Twitter (and where else?) that he contacted some “now former employees” of the platform – who discovered the resignation after losing access to professional email. According to Collins, he had never spoken to people who were so happy after a mass layoff.
The happiness of those fired, for some fans of the billionaire, “confirms” that Elon Musk did the right thing. One user said it’s the right thing to do: trade dead weight for someone who cares. However, the joy of being fired can point to something else.
The entire purchase process, likely end of the home office, benefits, Musk’s history as a boss and reports of employees turning all night to deliver the new Twitter Blue on the 7th (or they will be fired) turned the company into a toxic place to work. It’s not that employees were unhappy before — it’s that working for a Musk makes you unhappy.
This Friday, at least, work (for those who stayed) will be at home office. In Thursday’s memo, Musk said that “to ensure the safety of each employee,” Twitter systems and user data, offices will be closed and all access badges disabled.
Twitter Brazil is also affected
According to Economic value, Twitter employees in Brazil also received the resignation email. The newspaper reports that part of the 150 employees of the platform in the country had, during the night, access to the company’s channels blocked. Only the sales team was not affected by the layoff — or rather, translating to our language, passeranha.