Why Twitter closes offices until Monday? And why employe are leaving Twitter?
Elon Musk had given staff an ‘ultimatum’ to be ‘extremely hardcore’ and work long hours or leave!!
Hundreds of Twitter employees are estimated to be leaving the beleaguered social media company following an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk that staffers sign up for “long hours at high intensity,” — or leave.
Early Wednesday, Musk had emailed Twitter employees.
Saying : “Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore.”
The email asked staff to click “yes” if they wanted to stick around. Those who did not respond by 5 p.m.
ET on Thursday would be considered to have quit and given a severance package, the email said.
As the deadline approached, employees scrambled to figure out what to do.
In a poll on the workplace app Blind, which verifies employees through their work email addresses and allows them to share information anonymously.
42 per cent of 180 respondents chose the answer “Taking exit option, I’m free!”
A quarter said they had chosen to stay on at the company “reluctantly,” and only seven per cent of the poll participants said they “clicked yes to stay, I’m hardcore.”
The company notified employees Thursday evening that it will close its offices and cut badge access until Monday.
According to two sources. Security officers have begun kicking employees out of the office, one source said.
Musk took to Twitter late on Thursday and said that he was not worried about resignations as “the best people are staying.”
The billionaire owner, amid the flood of resignations, also added that Twitter has hit all-time high in usage.
And we just hit another all time high in Twitter usage…,” he said in a tweet, without elaborating.
And … we just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage lol
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
Twitter, which has lost many of its communication team members, did not respond to a request for comment.
Stability of platform in question
Musk was meeting some top employees to try to convince them to stay.
Said one current employee and a recently departed employee who is in touch with Twitter colleagues.
The departures include many engineers responsible for fixing bugs and preventing service outages.
Raising questions about the stability of the platform amid the loss of employees.
On Thursday evening, the version of the Twitter app used by employees began slowing down.
According to one source familiar with the matter, who estimated that the public version of Twitter was at risk of breaking during the night.