SpaceX moved swiftly to terminate at least some of the employees involved in an open letter transmitted via the company’s internal communications system last Wednesday. new York Times reports, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell also circulated an email to the company outlining the rationale behind the termination and generally condemning the letter, which rebuked Elon Musk’s use of Twitter and its reflections on the company, among other things. The issue was raised.
Shotwell’s response called the letter, which was written by “”[e]employees across the spectra of gender, ethnicity, seniority and technical roles,” and who criticized it in terms of signatures (either anonymous or otherwise), “hyperactivity,” and the use of company time more than others in the company. . NYT Here are the sections cited by the report:
Letters, solicitations, and general procedure made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and threatened, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign something that did not reflect their views. We have much more important tasks to accomplish and there is no need for such hyperactivity. […]
It’s not acceptable to repeatedly blanket thousands of people across the company with unsolicited emails asking them to sign letters and fill out non-sponsored surveys during the work day. […]
Please focus on the SpaceX mission, and use your time to do your best work. In this way we will reach Mars.
In the original open letter, the staff group called on SpaceX not only to “publicly address and condemn Elon’s harmful Twitter behavior,” but also to call on its broad internal policies for what constitutes acceptable behavior by employees and leadership. Also asked to define better. To ensure that it lives up to its high standards as a workplace.
This week also Musk hosted an all-hands Q+A on Twitter, with the leadership of a company he’s still on track to buy to openly feud about the number of bots on the platform. despite.