Elon Musk e-mails at Tesla in October 2021: Music, direct orders

SpaceX creator and Tesla CEO Elon Musk searches as he goes to the building and construction website of Tesla’s gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is understood for his spontaneous mass interaction, from tirades on Twitter to “everybody” emails he sends out to all workers at his electrical lorry business.

CNBC has actually gotten a set of emails Musk sent out to Tesla workers in the very first week of October. The initially one stated listening to music at work with one earbud out to listen for safety-related problems was okay. The 2nd, harsher e-mail advised workers there are just 3 choices when Musk sends out instructions: discuss why he’s incorrect, demand even more explanation, or carry out.

At the time, Tesla had actually simply revealed record third-quarter shipments in spite of supply chain pressures, most significantly a chip scarcity. It had actually lastly launched the long-awaited “Full Self-Driving Beta” button, enabling Tesla lorry owners to register for pre-release motorist help software application to check it on public roadways.

And on Oct. 4, the business lost a huge case in a San Francisco federal court when a jury chose Tesla should pay a previous employee, Owen Diaz, about $137 million after he sustained a racially hostile workplace throughout his time at Tesla’s vehicle plant in Fremont, California.

CNBC has actually likewise evaluated other e-mails Musk sent out in current months, consisting of words of support for workers dealing with the business’s brand-new factory near Berlin, and concurring with a bullish expert hire September recommending that Tesla stock can go to $3,000 per share — if the business performs well.

Here’s what Musk informed workers on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.

The initially one had to do with music at work.

To: Everybody

From: Elon Musk

Date: Sunday October 3 [time redacted]

Subj. Music in the Factory

Just wished to state that I quite assistance music in the factory, in addition to any little touches that make work more pleasurable.

An associate simply sent me a note asking if we might have one ear bud for music so the other ear can listen for safety-related problems. That sounds great to me.

Also, ambient music from speakers is likewise completely cool so long as there is sensible contract amongst your associates regarding the music options.

If there are other things that you believe would enhance your day, please let me understand. I care quite that you eagerly anticipate concerning work every day!

The 2nd one advised everyone who in charge is.

To: Everybody

From: Elon Musk

Date: Monday October 4 [time redacted]

Subj. Please Note

If an e-mail is sent out from me with specific instructions, there are just 3 actions permitted by supervisors.

1. Email me back to discuss why what I stated was inaccurate. Sometimes, I’m simply plain incorrect!

2. Request even more explanation if what I stated was uncertain.

3. Execute the instructions.

If none of the above are done, that supervisor will be asked to resign right away.

Thank you,



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