Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has brought about a culture at the company. According to Elon Musk himself, the work pattern at the company is “hardcore. This implies that staff members must spend the night at work. However, if staff will spend the night, then there must be some basic provisions. The authorities are now set to take action.
Although Elon Musk is renowned for not being a fan of working from home, he has no issues with his staff working so hard that they must spend the night at the office. Even in the free-market USA, this is against labour laws and other rules. It is quite a surprise that a firm like Twitter could still pull off a lot of tricks.
Twitter has a choice
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Twitter has been warned about the night lodging for staff by the Department of Building Inspection of San Francisco. The Dept. will take strong measures against the company if Twitter does not declare its offices as bedrooms. Thus, the company has two options – declare the office as a sleeping place or as a 100% workspace.
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This directly relates to the meeting rooms at the Twitter corporate office. As part of his “hardcore work ethic” ultimatum, Musk had these turned into dorms. However, the building control authority says that’s against the law.
After the dept. did some inspections, it said
“It was found that some of the conference rooms were used as sleeping or restrooms for the employees. There were beds in these rooms.” The agency did not accept this and in its response to Twitter, it said “Please arrange for a change to properly mark these rooms for their current intended use, or restore the rooms to their original use within 15 days.”
The agency’s chairman, Dan Sider, claims that Twitter’s use of sleeping rooms differs “not substantially” from other locations. There is a contrast between using the sleeping spaces for “full-time stays” as opposed to just taking naps, which is more usual. Fines are expected against Twitter if they refuse this request, but the potential sum has not yet been defined.