Hundreds of Twitter employees are estimated to have decided to leave the company after new owner Elon Musk set a Thursday deadline for employees to sign up for long hours at high intensity or leave.
Musk had previously called on employees to commit to a tough culture at Twitter or walk away with severance pay, as stated in an online form he had previously asked them to sign. Employees were asked to commit to a high level of work intensity, and if they refused, they were reportedly given three months’ severance pay.
Those who are said to be unwilling to sign such commitments have resigned, signaling the departure of a number of critical teams within Twitter, while Musk insists that he is not worried about resignations because “the best people are staying.”
The departures highlight the reluctance of some of Twitter’s roughly 3,000 employees to stay at a company where Musk has previously fired half of the workforce, including top management, and ruthlessly changed the company’s culture to emphasize long hours and fast pace.
According to a source familiar with the notes, more than 110 Twitter employees from at least four continents announced their decision to leave in public Twitter posts reviewed by Reuters, while more than 500 employees wrote farewell messages on Thursday.
The sources for this piece include an article in Reuters.