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BILLIONAIRE BICKER: Elon Musk now has a war of words with Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar about working from home

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Twitter pugilist Elon Musk has another war to wage on the microblogging site he buys.

After ordering his executives to be in the office by email for ‘minimum’ 40 hours a week, Musk followed up with an email with all employees saying, ‘If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you’ve resigned’ .

Taking a look at other companies where hybrid work-from-home models persist, Musk wrote to Tesla’s 100,000 employees that, “Obviously there are companies that don’t need this, but when was the last time they had a great new product? It has been a while.”

His comments sparked widespread debate, especially in the tech community, about the ongoing hybrid work model, while others pondered Musk’s leadership style.

But Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Scott Farquhar saw an opportunity, jumped on Twitter and fired the first shots at the world’s richest man, saying the news from Musk “feels like something out of the 1950s” in a series of tweets that led to him inviting all disgruntled Tesla employees to apply to Atlassian.

“Atlassian employees choose where and how they want to work every day – we call it Team Anywhere. This has been key to our continued growth,” Farquhar tweeted.

Why? This is the future of how we will operate. Very distributed, very flexible. Yes, it’s not perfect right now, but we need to experiment to get it right.

In the past year alone, 42% of our new hires worldwide have lived 2 or more hours from an office. There is great talent all over the world – not just within a 1-hour radius of our offices.”

Farquhar said their goal is to have 25,000 employees within four years.

After putting the tanks on Tesla’s lawn, Musk fired back: “The above series of tweets illustrates why recessions have an essential economic cleansing function”.

Farquhar didn’t respond – Tesla is a big user of Atlassian’s software.

But Musk continued to find time to be Twitterer-in-chief alongside roles running Tesla, SpaceX, Boring Co, Neuralink and a $60 billion social media acquisition, pointing out the egalitarian nature of his EV car company where everyone is the same. eats food and uses the same bathrooms.

“There should be no two-class system between workers and management,” Musk wrote.

In response, New York Times journalist Edmund Lee pointed to a slight difference between the average Tesla worker and the boss.

In 2021, according to company filings with the SEC, Musk was earning 18,000 times the average salary of a Tesla employee at about US$41k per year.

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