Elon Musk has stirred up a lot of things ever since he took over Twitter. First, there was the fact that Musk fired more than half of all the executives, including the CEO, CFO, and the head of Legal Counsel. Then, there was his plan to change how the verification program works. Then, he decided to make verified Twitter Blue Tick badges a paid feature. In all these decisions, Twitter will need to see significant work by engineers and coders. However, it seems Musk is intent on making Twitter’s employees work extremely hard for his vision.
Pictures of Twitter employees sleeping on the floor in their offices, and there is a good reason for that. Elon Musk has set some pretty hard deadlines for the features he plans to unveil; he has also given a mandate to his employees – work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, or else you’re fired.
Elon Musk has plans to increase the price of the Twitter Blue subscription and revise the verification process for a blue tick too. For this, Musk has given Twitter engineers a deadline of November 7 to launch the paid verification feature, or they will lose their jobs.
Musk also has plans to revive Vine, for which he has assigned a team of engineers. They, too, have been given the deadline of getting ready to relaunch Vine by the end of the year. Just like the engineers working on the Twitter Blue Tick verified program, these engineers also risk losing their jobs should they fail to deliver by the end of their deadline.
“Managers at Twitter have instructed some employees to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, to hit Musk’s aggressive deadlines, according to internal communications,” stated a report from CNBC, quoting a source who works at Twitter.
The cited source also revealed that the employees have been asked to work extra hours without discussing “overtime pay or comp time, or job security.” The engineers have reportedly been given a deadline of early November, and if they fail to meet the requirements, they might lose their job.
Even before he officially took over Twitter, some reports suggested that Musk was planning to lay off about 75 percent of Twitter’s employees, mainly at the mid-level or the managerial level. Although Musk denied having such conversations with his team or anyone, new reports have suggested that Elon Musk is threatening people of 50 percent layoffs to force the employees to comply with the order.
Furthermore, Musk is also planning to end Twitter’s work-from-home policy and will require all engineers, coders, and support staff to work from their respective offices.