Seems that Musk trusts his staff about as much as Rees-Mogg trusts his civil servants. Elon is a little more blunt, emailing that if employees don’t show up for 40 hours a week ‘we will assume you have resigned’. Jake simply left cards on empty desks saying ‘We look forward to seeing you back in the office very soon’. I’m not sure which is more intimidating but both would have my resignation PDQ. I’ve always said that those who don’t get the work done at home would be messing around on the internet or chatting for most of the day in the office, and first out of the traps to the station at 5pm. Most put in more rather than less hours if working at the kitchen table. Bottom line, both sound like nightmare bosses. I’d say.
For all the talk of a ‘working from home’ revolution, it seems there’s just as much demand for office space in London and the City as ever, borne out by a very unscientific drive-by survey on my last visit to The Smoke.