Elon Musk, the World Richest man and the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., weighed in on the return-to-office debate Wednesday on Twitter by elaborating on an email he sent to the electric-car maker’s executive staffs, subject; “Remote work is no longer acceptable” [sic], Musk wrote that “anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla.”

He went on to write that the office “must be a main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties, for example

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being responsible for Fremont factory human relations, but having your office be in another state.”

While Musk didn’t directly address whether the email was authentic, the billionaire did strongly suggest it is by responding to a follower who asked about people who think going into work is an antiquated concept. “They should pretend to work somewhere else,” he tweeted.

It’s not the first time Musk’s tough-love treatment of his employees has come up.

Roughly two weeks before Musk prevailed in his attempt to strike a deal to buy Twitter Inc., the Silicon Valley venture capitalist and entrepreneur Keith Rabois tweeted a story from Musk’s startup days. Once, at Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Musk had noticed a group of interns milling around while they waited in a line for coffee.

To Musk, it was an affront to productivity. According to Rabois, who knows Musk from their days at PayPal Holdings Inc., Musk responded by threatening to fire all the interns if it happened again, and had security cameras installed so that the company could monitor compliance.

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