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Australian tech billionaire takes on Elon Musk’s ‘return to office’ directive

Australian tech billionaire takes on Elon Musk's 'return to office' directive

Elon Musk and Australia’s third-richest man got into a Twitter argument on Friday over the urgency of abolishing the pandemic-era trend of remote working.

“Everyone at Tesla is obligated to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office every week,” Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk stated this week in an internal email, adding that “if you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.” The move was blasted by labor groups, who cited the risk of exposure to the coronavirus as a reason.

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In a series of tweets, Scott Farquhar, the co-founder of Atlassian Plc, an Australian project management software business, criticized the policy, calling it “stupid.” “It seems like something from the 1950s.

” The publicly traded company’s “work from anywhere” strategy was “essential for our continued success,” he said.

Farquhar stated, “By FY26, we want to have 25K Atlassian people.” “Do you know of any Tesla employees who could be interested?”

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“The preceding series of tweets explain why recessions play such an important cleansing role in the economy,” Musk remarked.

Musk is no new to such debates, as he frequently uses Twitter to make frank views regarding controversial topics.

Several Silicon Valley computer corporations resorted to a mix of home and office work during the outbreak, while others set dates for returning to the office only to push them back when new ailments surfaced.

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Musk, the world’s richest man and CEO of SpaceX, is no stranger to competing with other billionaires. Jeff Bezos uploaded an image of a second-place medal in response to a tweet praising Inc. on its achievement in 2021.

Farquhar’s Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes publicly accepted and coordinated Musk’s offer to donate a huge Tesla battery installation to South Australia following a blackout in 2017.


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