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Sorry, Elon Musk — To Suggest Remote Work Isn’t ‘Morally Right’ is a Flawed Attempt to Push Your In-Person Work Agenda. Here’s Why.

Elon Musk has expressed his disapproval of remote work, stating that it is "morally wrong" and a luxury for the "laptop class." While his bravado might be admired by some, it's not a practical or sustainable model for the future of work


Elon Musk, the enigmatic billionaire and CEO of Tesla, recently dismissed remote work as “morally wrong” in a CNBC interview, likening it to a privileged indulgence of the “laptop class.”

According to Musk, “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?” Musk asked. “Does that seem morally right? People should get off their goddamn moral high horse with the work-from-home bullsh*t,” he said. “They’re asking everyone else to not work from home while they do.”

It’s as though Musk views in-person work as a kind of hazing ritual — he and others did it, so you have to do it too. Well, as my mom frequently said when I proposed doing something dumb because others did it, “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?”

Picture this: Musk standing on the precipice of the Golden Gate Bridge, urging us all to leap into the frigid waters below simply because he took the plunge. While his bravado might be admired by some, it’s not a practical or sustainable model for the future of work. Here’s a thought: rather than Musk’s daredevil dive into the deep abyss of forced in-office work, perhaps we should consider a more measured, flexible and hybrid approach to work, one that incorporates both remote and in-person options, as I tell my clients.

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