The SpaceX company is in the eye of the hurricane in recent hours, since it decided to fire a group of employees who had written a letter criticizing the attitudes of their CEO, Elon Musk.
In the letter, the workers argued that the behavior of the also owner of Tesla embarrassed him and that he did not agree with the spirit of the company.
Several of the letter’s writers were fired Thursday afternoon, according to an email from SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell.
In the email, Shotwell said that SpaceX had “terminated multiple employees involved” in crafting the letter. “The letter, the requests, and the overall process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and intimidated, and/or angry that the letter was pressuring them to sign something that did not reflect their views,” Shotwell wrote. “We have too much critical work to accomplish and there is no need for this kind of overreaching activism.”
Here is the dismissal email:
You may have received an unsolicited request from a small group of SpaceX employees for your signature on an “open letter” yesterday and your participation in a related survey. Based on various employee feedback, this has upset many. That is, the letter, the requests, and the overall process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and intimidated, and/or angry that the letter pressured them to sign something that did not reflect their views.. Employees also complained that it interfered with their ability to focus and do their jobs. We have 3 launches within 37 hours for critical satellites this weekend, we have to support the astronauts we deliver to the ISS and get the Dragon payload back to flight ready, and after receiving environmental clearance earlier this week , we are on the cusp of Starship’s first orbital launch attempt. We have so much critical work to accomplish and we don’t need this kind of overreaching activism – our current leadership team is more dedicated to ensuring we have a great, ever-improving work environment than any I’ve seen in my 35-year career.
We request and expect our employees to report all concerns to their leadership, senior management, human resources, or legal. But blanketing thousands of people across the company with repeated unsolicited emails and asking them to sign letters and complete unsponsored surveys during the work day is unacceptable, goes against our documented manual policy, and doesn’t show the strong judgment needed. to work in this very challenging space transportation sector. We conducted an investigation and have terminated several employees involved.
I’m sorry for this distraction. Please stay focused on the SpaceX mission and use your time at work to do your best work. This is how we will get to Mars.