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How Elon Musk Is Heating Up Debate Over Remote Work

As the threat from COVID-19 has cooled off, the debate over a change the pandemic led to is heating up.

Office workers working remotely became commonplace after COVID arrived and while it seems as if most companies have had their employees required to come back and work in the office, not every company has. Hybrid schedules with employees able to work from home some of the time and at the office some of the time are now common.

But the leader of the move to return workers to the office is now waging a campaign against working remotely.

That is the famous, or depending on your point of view about him, the infamous Elon Musk.

When he took over ownership of Twitter, Musk ordered a permanent ban on remote work, but he later had to ease it a bit when more of his employees than expected were quitting over the issue.

But now Musk has fired up his campaign against working remotely.

In an interview with CNBC this week, Musk called the practice “morally wrong” and specifically went after workers in the tech industry, calling them the “laptop class” demanding privileges not available to service workers and factory employees.

As Musk puts it, “People should get off their….moral high horse with the work-from-home “bs,” adding, “they’re asking everyone else to not work from home while they do.”

But because of how the pandemic changed many ways we used to do things, working remotely for some and for some of the time, is probably going to remain part of the new normal.

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