Matthew Pinto-Chilcott – Owner of Consensus HR comments: “Twitter locks staff out of offices until next week – Wow! what an article written by the BBC and Sky News in relation to Twitter and its new owner, Elon Musk, on how NOT to take over a business. At the moment many businesses are going through extremely hard economic times with the economy / inflation like it is, but businesses need to remember that their teams are one of their most valuable assets and who represent their company and its reputation and need to be managed correctly / professionally. In this scenario and the product, it offers, social media worldwide, it is inconceivable that the HR / business action the company is taking is going to get out into the media and public. Business Owners / Managers need to remember the importance of their teams / employees, even when times are extremely hard and treat them reasonably and how a reasonable employer would treat them or face the possible consequences such as poor motivation, bad moral, poor customer service and low retention.”
Twitter has told employees that the company’s office buildings will be temporarily closed, effective immediately. In a message seen by the BBC, workers were told that the offices would reopen on Monday 21 November. The company did not give a reason for the move. The announcement comes amid reports that large numbers of staff were quitting after new owner Elon Musk called on them to sign up for “long hours at high intensity” or leave. The message went on to say: “Please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.” The BBC reports that the announcement that Twitter had temporarily closed its offices came amid signs that large numbers of workers have now also resigned as they have not accepted Mr Musk’s new terms. Employees have been tweeting using the hashtag #LoveWhereYouWorked and a saluting emoji to show they were leaving the firm. One former Twitter worker who wished to remain anonymous told the BBC: “I think when the dust clears today, there’s probably going to be less than 2,000 people left.” The person added that everyone in their team had been terminated. “The manager of that team, his manager was terminated. And then that manager’s manager was terminated. The person above that was one of the execs terminated on the first day. So, there’s nobody left in that chain of command,” the former Twitter worker said.