CNBC (Consumer News and Business Channel) had access to a couple of these emails sent in early October. In the first, Musk talks about workers who listen to music during working hours and in the second, a bit more authoritarian, It reminded everyone who the CEO of Tesla is.
“I just wanted to say that I am very supportive of listening to music in the factory, as well as any little touches that make work more enjoyable. An associate just sent me a note asking if we could have a headset to listen to music so the other ear can hear security related issues. That seems good to me, ”he wrote in the email, dated October 3.
The also founder of Spacex He added that the background music from the speakers also seems to him “great as long as there is a reasonable agreement between your colleagues as for the musical options ”.
“If there are other things that you think would make your day better, please let me know. I really care that they want to come to work every day! ”, Concluded the first email.
In the second leaked email, Musk reminded his managers at Tesla that It only allows three actions when submitting direct orders: respond with an explanation as to why your proposal should be reconsidered, request further clarification, or executed.
Under the subject “Please keep in mind”, the executive listed these options.
- “Email me to explain why what i said was wrong. Sometimes I’m just wrong!
- I requested more clarifications if what I said was ambiguous.
- Execute the instructions “the statement read, dated October 4.
From this latest email, he highlighted the final warning: “If none of the above is done, the manager will be asked to resign immediately. Thank you, Elon. “
According to CNBC review, at the time both emails were written, Tesla had just announced record sales in your third trimester despite supply chain pressures and, above all, chip shortages.
Around that time the electric car company had also launched the long-awaited button “Full autonomous driving beta”, allowing Tesla car owners to sign up for assistance software that can be tested on public roads.
On October 4, Tesla lost a big case in federal court in San Francisco when a jury decided that he should pay a former employee, Owen Diaz, around $ 137 million for working in a “racially hostile” environment during his time at the Fremont, California, automobile plant.
CNBC reviewed other emails Musk sent in recent months, which include words from encouragement for the employees working in the new Berlin factory, and an analyst call suggesting that Tesla shares could hit $ 3,000 each.