Emails from Elon Musk at Tesla in October 2021: Music, direct orders

Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO of Tesla, looks at the construction site of Tesla’s huge factory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for his spontaneous, mass communications, from raucous comments on Twitter to the “everyone” emails he sends to all employees at his electric car company.

CNBC has obtained a pair of emails that Musk sent to Tesla employees in the first week of October. The first said that listening to music at work with one earbud to listen to safety issues is OK. The second, sternest email provided employees had only three options when Musk sent directions: explain why he was wrong, ask for further clarification, or implement.

At that time, Tesla just announced Third quarter delivery record Despite supply chain pressures, most notably the chip shortage. The long-awaited has finally been released Button “Full Autonomous Driving Beta”, allowing Tesla owners to sign up for a pre-release driver assistance program to test it on public roads.

On October 4, the company lost a big case In federal court in San Francisco when a jury decided that Tesla should pay a former worker, Owen Diaz, about $137 million after he experienced a racially hostile work environment during his time at Tesla’s car factory in Fremont, California.

CNBC has also reviewed other emails Musk has sent in recent months, including words of encouragement to employees working at the company’s new plant near Berlin, and an agreement with a bullish analyst call in September that suggested Tesla stock could go to 3000 dollars per share – If the company is doing well.

This is what Musk told employees on October 3 and October 4.

The first was about music at work.

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WHO: Elon Musk

Date: Sunday 3 October [time redacted]

subject. Music in the factory

I just wanted to say that I am very supportive of the factory music, as well as any little touches that make the work more enjoyable.

A colleague just sent me a note asking if we can get one earbud for music so the other ear can listen for safety issues. That might sound nice to me.

Also, the ambient music from the speakers is just as great as long as there is reasonable agreement among your peers regarding the music choices.

If there are other things that you think would improve your day, please let me know. I am so interested that you look forward to coming to work every day!

The second reminded everyone who is the president.

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WHO: Elon Musk

Date: Monday 4th October [time redacted]

subject. please note

If an email is sent from me with explicit directions, there are only three actions the managers allow.

1. Send me an email to explain why what I said is incorrect. Sometimes, I’m completely wrong!

2. Ask for more clarification if what you have said is ambiguous.

3. Implementation of directives.

If none of the above is implemented, that manager will be asked to resign immediately.

Thank you,

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