Elon Musk's first email to Twitter employees

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The new owner of the social network warned them about “difficult times” that the economy will have to face in the near future

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Elon Musk's first email to Twitter employees

Elon Musk sent the first email to Twitter employees telling them about “hard times” in the near future (Reuters)

The new owner of Twitter Inc., Elon Musk, sent an email to his workers for the first time late on Wednesday to prepare them for the “hard times ahead” and to ban remote work unless he personally approves.

< b>Musk said that “there was no way to sugarcoat the message” about the economic outlook and how it will affect an ad-reliant business like Twitter, according to the email reviewed by Bloomberg News >. The new rules, which take effect immediately, will require employees to be in the office at least 40 hours a week, he added.

Twitter has close two weeks under the direction of Musk, in which he has laid off almost half of his workforceand most of its management team. The new boss has raised the price of the Twitter Blue subscription to $8 and added user verification. Musk told workers in the email that he wants subscriptions to account for half of Twitter revenue.

Before of the arrival of Musk, Twitter had established a permanent work-from-anywhere arrangement for its workers, many of whom had initially been pushed to remote work by the pandemic. It was one of the first topics of the meeting Musk had with Twitter staff after announcing the company's purchase agreement earlier this year. He said then that he was against remote work and that he would only grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis, as he is doing now.

He has also eliminated the “ days of break ” from Twitter staff calendars, as reported this month by Bloomberg News, which was a company-wide monthly day off introduced during the pandemic period. His expiration gave another sign of Musk 's impatience with the existing work culture at Twitter.

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The road ahead is arduous and will require hard work to succeed,” Musk wrote in his letter to employees. In another email, he added that “in the coming days, the top priority is to find and suspend any verified bots/trolls/spam.”

The layoffs

Musk began carrying out mass layoffs on Twitter, drastically reducing the company's workforce of 7,500 people and beginning its general review of the company. It did so late last Thursday, November 3, an email was sent to the company's employees notifying the plans to cut jobs, informing them that at 9 in the morning on Friday Pacific Time, workers would receive an email with the subject line: Your role on Twitter”< /b>.

“Team, In an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, we will be going through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” according to multiple versions of the email obtained by The Washington Post. “We recognize that this will affect a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company's future success.”

(With information from Bloomberg and the media).-