Elon Musk bought twitter for a whopping $44 billion dollars. What does this mean for the future of Twitter employees and the effects it has on technology as we know it?
Musk announced the rules with which Twitter will operate as a company from now on and caused controversy among workers, not only due to the large number of layoffs but also due to the fact in which he wants to get rid of remote work completely.
This was shared by Bloomberg who confirmed the email where it is explained that Musk sees a “difficult future”. According to the email, the two main changes seek to take away benefits that were established when Covid-19 hit and ended up sticking over the last two years.
It is about remote work, which according to Musk will be totally eliminated, and the bimonthly days off— a benefit that was established with the objective of allowing workers to destress during the moments of uncertainty that the pandemic represented.
Remote work offers more benefits
There is a lot of evidence and research from the last couple of years that shows employees wanting a high level of flexibility, for many reasons.
In a recent post, BBC shared how big household companies are doubling down on remote work because of the benefits it offers.
In a McKinsey study you can see how many employees around the globe have stated they prefer working from home more than ever.
In other words, not offering the flexibility to your own work schedule, employee retention and your potential talent pool diminishes by, well… a lot.
Collaboration exists even when working remotely
Technology is modern day’s biggest luxury. Remote workers have all the necessary tools to carry out their job normally from wherever they are. A huge plus to being fully online is that all the work being done is digital and you can have it in front of you with just a click of a button.
Video conferencing, audio calls, instant messaging, these are all the things that keep collaboration alive. With a sprinkle of a strong company culture to maintain employee engagement of course. It’s all still possible through a computer screen!
Get it together, Musk
Elon’s views on remote work seem dated. Ultimately, there are certain jobs and industries that don’t require having to go into the office every day and wasting time, money and energy on commuting. Thankfully for us, the tech industry is one of them!
A remote workforce maximizes the opportunity to truly find the best people for a team while still focusing on the importance, and even more so, need, of being diverse and inclusive.
After getting a taste of what remote work has to offer, it’s going to be really hard to get employees to go back to the office full time. Telecommuting offers a new sense of flexibility, efficiency and productivity because employees now get to control their schedules and priorities, allowing them to have a better grasp on their work-life balance.
So sorry Elon, we don’t agree with you on this one.