More staff are preparing to resign from Twitter after Elon Musk’s final email asking them to commit to “Twitter 2.0” and prepare for some “hardcore” work or leave. Unsurprisingly, many employees appear to have chosen to resign, with some sources saying that nearly 80% want to leave. Musk is now hustling and making last-minute appeals to keep employees, particularly those who are vital to Twitter’s operation, on board.
Elon Musk sent an email to Twitter staff around midnight on Wednesday, asking them to contemplate their future with the firm. The subject line of the email was “A fork in the road,” and it informed staff that those who wanted to stay would have to work “long hours at high intensity.” Weekends would most certainly be included as well.
Employees who did not want to go might accept a severance package that included three months’ pay. The email included a link to a Google form, where employees who were fine were required to click yes. According to multiple sources, the form’s only option was ‘yes.’ Some have compared the email to a “loyalty oath” to Musk and his inner circle.
This current wave of resignations comes as bad news for Twitter, which has already lost half of its workers (Musk sacked about half of the original 7,000 employees after taking over). It also raises concerns about whether the corporation and social network will have enough workers to continue operations. More significantly, given Musk’s ambitious goals for the platform, ranging from Twitter Blue to a slew of new features, the loss of more key staff will further impede these objectives.
Furthermore, Musk has been firing engineers and others who have publicly criticised him on the site, as well as those who have made jokes about him on the company’s official Slack messaging channel. Musk, for example, publicly dismissed one Twitter Android worker who chastised him about his allegations that Twitter’s Android app was slow.