Just three weeks after acquiring social media giant Twitter, Elon Musk has sparked a mass exodus at the company.
In the first week, the billionaire fired top executives, including the chief executive officer and chief financial officer, and cut more than 3,500 jobs. He has now issued an ultimatum to remaining employees to sign up for “long, high-intensity hours” or quit.
according to ReutersHundreds of Twitter workers plan to step away from the company.
Hundreds to leave Twitter
“Going forward, to build penetration of Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we must be very tough,” Musk told Twitter employees in an email on Wednesday, asking them to click “yes” if they chose to stay.
Employees who do not respond by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday will be deemed to have quit and receive severance pay.
A survey on the workplace app Blind asked workers to estimate the percentage of employees who would be leaving based on their perception, and more than half of the respondents answered with 50%.
Blind verifies employees via their email addresses and enables them to participate anonymously.
In another survey, 42% of 180 respondents chose the “Opt out, I’m free!” Response; A quarter of them “reluctantly” chose to stay, while only 7% said they clicked “yes to stay, I’m staying.”
A former employee noted that, in a private chat on the messaging app Signal, about 40 of the 50 employees said they had chosen to leave. Another private Slack group for current and former Twitter employees has seen more than 360 join a new channel called “Voluntary Resignation,” according to a person familiar with the Slack group.
Musk asked some senior staff to stay
In addition, an employee revealed that Musk met with some senior employees and tried to convince them to stay with the company. Another recently departed employee, who was in contact with colleagues at Twitter, confirmed the information.
Although the death toll is unconfirmed, an employee said security officials began evacuating workers from the office on Thursday night. The company also told employees that it will close its offices and reduce access to the brand through Monday.
The staff who left the platform include several engineers who deal with bugs and prevent outages, which has raised concerns about the stability of the platform. Workers are already complaining that their version of the Twitter app is slowing down, and they estimate that the public version will crash soon.
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