The CEO is known for outsized claims and ambitious goals. But numerous factory worker say he doesnt follow through and that his leadership adjusts a troubling tone
Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, had emailed his entire personnel following the May 2017 booklets of separate investigations by the Guardian and a workplace safety organization showing high-pitched harm paces at the company’s northern California electric car factory.
” No texts can express how much I care about your safety and wellbeing ,” Musk wrote.” Going forward, I’ve asked that every hurt report back directly to me, without exception. I’m meeting with the safety team every week and would like to meet every disabled being as soon as they are well, so that I can understand from them exactly what we need to do to make it better. I will then go down to the production line and perform the same task that they act .”
Musk, an accountability Houdini, had turned the fact that some of his employees were dealing with life-changing injuries into glowing press about his leader. If exclusively his promises were true.
” He didn’t meet with me ,” said Richard Ortiz, a former Tesla factory worker who was injured at work in July 2017.
” That’s PR; that’s bologna ,” said another current Tesla employee, who said Musk had never met with him about the three pinched nerves in his arm.
” He didn’t meet with me, and my occurrence was registered ,” said a third Tesla employee, who was injured in October.” If he was truly going to meet with all the employees who got injured, he would be here for half its first year .”
Whether Musk ever intended to follow through on his word to meet” every disabled being” is an open question. But in conversations with more than 10 present and former Tesla employees over the past month, works described the consequences of having a boss whose bombastic predicts- to shareholders, to customers and to them- often go unfulfilled. While the billionaire’s loose tongue and overly optimistic proclamations may still excite his legions of fans and patrons, numerous factory worker is of the opinion that they have become collateral damage.
Of the workers who spoke to the Guardian for this article, six had been injured at work. None of them ever heard instantly from Musk or had him perform their task on the assembly line.