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Elon Musk emails to Tesla in October 2021: music, direct orders


SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on when he visits the construction site of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin on May 17, 2021.

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Tesla boss Elon Musk is known for his spontaneous mass communication, from swear words on Twitter to emails he sends to all employees of his electric car company.

CNBC has received two emails Musk sent to Tesla employees in the first week of October. The first said that listening to music while working with an earphone is fine for safety reasons. The second, harsher email reminded employees that there are only three options for Musk to send instructions: explain why he’s wrong, request further clarification, or carry out.

At the time, Tesla had just announced record deliveries for the third quarter, despite pressure in the supply chain, especially a chip shortage. It had finally released the long-awaited “Full Self-Driving Beta” button, which allowed Tesla vehicle owners to sign up for a pre-release version of the driver assistance software to test on public roads.

And on October 4, the company lost a major case in federal court in San Francisco when a jury ruled that Tesla must pay about $ 137 million to a former worker, Owen Diaz, after he stopped at Tesla’s auto plant Endured racial work environments in Fremont, California.

CNBC has also reviewed other emails Musk has sent over the past few months, including words of encouragement to employees working on the company’s new factory near Berlin, and agreed to an upbeat analyst call in September suggesting this that Tesla stock can climb to $ 3,000 per share – if the company does well.

This is what Musk told his staff on October 3rd and 4th.

The first was about music at work.

For each

By: Elon Musk

Date: Sunday 3rd October [time redacted]

Subject music in the factory

I just wanted to say that I really support the music in the factory and all the little details that make the work more enjoyable.

A member of staff just sent me a message asking if we could have an earphone for music so the other ear can listen to security issues. That sounds good for me.

Plus, ambient music from speakers is also totally cool, as long as there is reasonable agreement among your colleagues about the music selection.

If there are other things that you think would make your day better please let me know. It is very important to me that you look forward to coming to work every day!

The second reminded everyone who the boss is.

For each

By: Elon Musk

Date: Monday 4th October [time redacted]

Subject Please note

When I send an email with explicit instructions, only three actions are allowed by managers.

1. Email me to explain why what I said was wrong. Sometimes I’m just wrong!

2. Request further clarification if my statement was ambiguous.

3. Follow the instructions.

If none of the above steps are taken, that manager will be asked to resign immediately.

Thanks very much,