Twitter days of rest are now a thing of the past under new owner Elon Musk. During the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic, Twitter began giving one companywide paid rest day per month, in addition to regular paid time off. The policy was designed to assist employees to avoid burnout. However, Musk removed future “days of rest” from Twitter’s schedule this week. The decision comes as Musk works to quickly change Twitter’s working atmosphere after completing his $44 billion acquisition of the company last week.
Twitter days of rest are canceled by Elon Musk: Layoffs are on their way
Even before becoming the company’s owner and CEO, Musk disrupted Twitter days of rest. Employees apparently discovered in April that Musk had rejected an invitation to join Twitter’s board of directors right before a scheduled day off — a surprise that left them freaked out rather than relaxed. The policy change is the latest hint that Musk will set new standards for Twitter’s corporate culture as part of the company’s ongoing reorganization.
Musk is apparently intending to cut off almost half of Twitter’s 7,500-person workforce, with affected employees due to finding out their fate on Friday. Musk voiced anxiety that he had overpaid for the firm, thus the cost-cutting effort was widely anticipated. Musk is also apparently proposing to abolish Twitter’s remote work policy and demand workers who aren’t laid off to report to the company’s offices. The entrepreneur had previously implemented a stringent return-to-work policy at Tesla.
Meanwhile, some Twitter staff were allegedly warned earlier this week to expect to work “24/7” in order to meet Musk’s Friday deadline for a revised “Twitter Blue” service. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey intends to charge users $8 per month for “blue check” verification badges and other benefits. Employees are reportedly scared about losing their jobs if they fail to fulfill the deadline.
Esther Crawford, Twitter’s director of product management, made a stir on Wednesday when she was seen sleeping on the office floor — with a sleeping bag and an eye mask — as Musk’s tight deadlines loomed.
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