(CNN) — It looks to be another employee exodus on Twitter, according to multiple employees and former employees, as many workers rejected Elon Musk’s ultimatum to work “extremely hard” and opted to leave the company.
As the deadline for Twitter employees to respond to Elon Musk’s ultimatum to work “extremely hard” at the company or leave, some employees publicly indicated they chose the latter option. On Thursday afternoon, Twitter employees began posting a greeting emoji, which has become a sign that someone is leaving the company. A Twitter employee said in a tweet that the decision to join the company was “one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made. The decision to leave today was 100% the opposite.”
Meanwhile, an internal Slack channel at the company was filled with employees who posted greeting emoji after the 5 p.m. deadline, indicating they had opted not to sign Musk’s pledge and leave the company, the company told CNN staffers.
Twitter’s remaining employees have until 5 p.m. Thursday to decide whether they want to be part of the culture Musk wants to implement at the social media company, or effectively resign, according to an email he sent. Sent to employees on Wednesday.
A former Twitter executive who recently left the company described Thursday’s employee departures as a “mass exodus.”
Following the resignations, on Thursday night, employees remaining with the company received an email informing them that company offices would be temporarily closed and access to credentials would be closed Monday, according to a copy of the email obtained by CNN from a current Twitter employee. Will be banned till , Musk’s team closed offices earlier this month amid mass layoffs because of safety concerns and an apparent fear that leaving employees might try to damage the company.
Two Twitter employees told CNN ahead of Thursday’s deadline that they plan to reject the ultimatum, citing a toxic work environment they say the billionaire has offered the company. Another Twitter employee told CNN on Wednesday that they were still weighing the decision, adding that Musk’s email “felt like a punch in the stomach because no matter how you want to stay or leave… Yes, you were forced.” to make one. Make decisions and feel like you are up against the clock to make the best decision for you and your family.
The employee said: “Those decisions are just over 24 hours.”
Musk told employees on Wednesday that his goal is to build “Twitter 2.0” and that those who choose to stay would have to commit to working “at high intensity for long periods of time” and likely increased his demand from Twitter employees. Have to admit, those who have largely worked remotely. Return to work in the office. One employee said that as of Thursday afternoon, employees were still unclear which remote work exceptions would be granted if they choose to stay.
Later Thursday, amid an apparent struggle by management to avoid losing too many workers to the ultimatum, Musk sought to clarify his position on remote work, according to the text of an email obtained by CNN from a Twitter employee. Sent an email to employees. Name should not be taken.
“With regard to remote work, all that is required for approval is your manager taking responsibility for making sure you are making an outstanding contribution,” Musk said in the email.
Twenty minutes later, Musk sent a follow-up email that read: “At the risk of stating the obvious, any manager who falsely claims that someone reporting to them is doing an excellent job or a certain role required, whether remote or not, you will be terminated from the Company.”
The decision to issue the ultimatum comes after Musk laid off half of Twitter’s workforce earlier this month, reducing its workforce to around 3,700 employees, and also reportedly laid off several of Twitter’s contract workers. Gave. He also ousted its top leaders and dissolved the board of directors. Musk recently fired some employees for criticizing him in tweets or on internal Slack channels.
A current employee who plans to resign but requests anonymity to avoid risking alienation, says, “I don’t want to be left behind to build a product that works from the inside and the outside.” Getting poisoned.”
“Everyone has a cost, but up to a certain point, and this layoff gives me some comfort to seek a better environment regardless of the economy,” the employee said.
The same person said that management is concerned about the number of people planning to leave, adding that they are “struggling” to persuade talent to stay. Twitter, which has reportedly furloughed most of its public relations team, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Another Twitter employee, who asked not to be quoted, shared similar concerns and said he too planned to leave the company.
A recently fired employee who kept in touch with former co-workers told CNN that everyone they spoke to planned to reject Musk’s ultimatum and leave the company.
“People can’t ignore the public ridicule and the firing of other employees,” the former employee told CNN. “Similarly, they may not feel overlooked or comfortable working for someone who has handled the past few weeks with Elon,” he added.
“People don’t want to sacrifice their mental health and family life to make the richest man in the world richer,” the former employee said.
But for others the decision may not be so simple. The ultimatum comes during a difficult period for the technology industry, following massive layoffs and freeze announcements at several major companies including Meta, Amazon, Lyft and others. Employees from other countries who work in the United States may also risk losing their work visas if they leave the company.
A fourth employee told CNN on Thursday that they plan to stay with the company “because change is rarely effected from the outside.”
The shakeup will likely come as a result of the ultimatum after Musk’s inauguration will be the latest element of a “fundamental organizational restructuring,” he said Wednesday in a Delaware court during a hearing over his Tesla pay package.
Musk said in a Wednesday email that the “new Twitter” would be “more engineering-driven,” leaving some non-engineering workers to wonder whether their jobs could be at risk even if they choose to stay. .
“There’s no safety in it, you just think, ‘I might be able to defend myself, maybe not,'” the employee expressed uncertainty about the decision. “What’s behind this door? You don’t know. The only door you know to be safe is the exit door.”