Hundreds of Twitter workers have resigned this Thursday from their positions in the company, according to The New York Times. This wave of resignations has occurred after the ultimatum issued by Elon Musk in which he urged his employees to work more or leave the company.
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According to the American newspaper, which cites internal sources from Twitter, the company itself is trying to convince some of the workers who have decided to leave so that it does not leave. Musk himself and his closest advisers would be meeting with employees whom they consider essential to the operation of Twitter and asking them not to leave.
Musk had given company employees until this Wednesday to choose between two options: commit to working long hours and extremely intensely or walk away with a severance pay of three months.
In an email to the staff, the billionaire had announced that creating Twitter 2.0 would require “working many hours at a high intensity.” Only, he had warned, those offering “exceptional performance” would make the cut. “Anyone who hasn’t done so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months’ severance.”
What Musk did not expect is that at the announced time the resignations would begin to arrive. Several employees have also announced on Twitter that they are leaving the company. “From: DM of Engineering to Elon Musk. Subject: Goodbye”, published a user on the social network who identifies himself as an engineer and has more than 34,000 followers.
Musk has already undertaken a significant reduction in the workforce of the social network. Within days of taking over, he fired about half of the company’s roughly 7,500 employees. In recent days, he has fired several employees who questioned some of his statements about his operation through the social network.
Musk’s chaotic landing at the company has also included the announcement -and subsequent withdrawal- of new services such as payment verification, which allows anyone who pays $8 a month to have the blue symbol that until now identified relevant accounts whose identity had been confirmed.