Twitter workers start exiting following Elon Musk's ultimatum

Elon Musk’s ultimatum to commit to working in an “extremely hardcore”
Twitter workers start exiting following Elon Musk's ultimatum

Hundreds of Twitter employees are estimated to be leaving the beleaguered social media company following an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk that staffers sign up for "long hours at high intensity," or leave. 


In a poll on the workplace app Blind, which verifies employees through their work email addresses and allows them to share information anonymously, 42pc of 180 people chose the answer for "Taking exit option, I'm free!" 


A quarter said they had chosen to stay "reluctantly," and only 7% of the poll participants said they "clicked yes to stay, I'm hardcore." 


Musk was meeting some top employees to try and convince them to stay, said one current employee and a recently departed employee who is in touch with Twitter colleagues. 


While it is unclear how many employees have chosen to stay, the numbers highlight the reluctance of some staffers to remain at a company where Musk has hastened to fire half its employees including top management, and is ruthlessly changing the culture to emphasize long hours and an intense pace. 


The company notified employees that it will close its offices and cut badge access until Monday, according to two sources. Security officers have begun kicking employees out of the office on Thursday evening, one source said. 


Musk appeared to soften his stance on remote work for Twitter employees after a backlash to his “extremely hardcore” ultimatum. 


The billionaire had given staff at the social media platform until 5pm eastern time in the US on Thursday to commit to a new work culture at the company or leave. 


But with some staff opting to exit the San Francisco-based company rather than accept Mr Musk’s new diktats he appeared to alter his approach to employees working from home, reported CNN. 


Following his $44bn takeover of the firm, Mr Musk told staff he was ending work from home and insisted that everyone needed to be in the office for at least 40 hours a week, or managers would assume they had resigned.