On Tuesday, Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared on CNBC’s “Last Call” and argued that working remotely from home is “bullshit” and even went as far as calling it “morally wrong.”
Musk declared, “Look, I’m a big believer that people need to–are more productive when they’re there in person. The whole work-from-home thing, it’s sort of like, I think it’s, like, there are some exceptions, but I kind of think that the whole notion of work-from-home is a bit like, you know, the fake Marie Antoinette quote, ‘Let them eat cake.’
It’s like, it’s like, really? You’re going to work from home, and you’re going to make everyone else who made your car come work in the factory?
You’re going to make people who make your food that gets delivered – they can’t work from home? The people that come fix your house? They can’t work from home, but you can?! Does that seem morally right? That’s messed up.”
CNBC host David Faber asked , You see it as a moral issue?”
Musk replied, “Yes. It’s a productivity issue, but it’s also a moral issue. People should get off their goddamn moral high horse with this bullshit because they’re asking everyone else to not work from home while they do. It’s wrong.”
He added, “I think it’s morally wrong.”
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— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 16, 2023
Since when is working from home a moral issue? If people who work at factories or grocery stores wanted to work from home, then they should have gotten a work-from-home job.
You do the work for the position you applied for. No one is holding a gun to your head to force you to make food or fix houses. I would have pegged Musk as someone who would grasp that concept.
To claim that he doesn’t agree with working from home is quite alright. That is his opinion. However, to argue a moral high ground for people who go to work as opposed to those who work from home is a weird stance to take.