As you may be aware already, almost immediately after Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter was finalized, he began making some reductions in the workforce.
Twitter, up until recently, has been one of those places that you see in the movie The Circle. If you haven’t seen it yet, I think it’s a fantastic movie and really exposes what social media is like, in my opinion.
Not everyone was laid off, but a very large amount of people were. This amounted to approximately 90% of Twitter Asia and 85% of Twitter India. I’m not sure what percentage of American employees were laid off.
But employers received one of two letters depending on if they were to be terminated or remain with the company.
Here is a copy of the email that people received if they were being terminated:
As shared earlier today, Twitter is conducting a workforce reduction to help improve the health of the company.
These decisions are never easy and it is with regret that we write to inform you that your role at Twitter has been impacted.
Today is your last working day at the company, however, you will remain employed by Twitter and will receive compensation and benefits through your separation date of February 2, 2023.
During this time, you will be on a Non-Working Notice period and your access to Twitter systems will be deactivated.
While you are not expected to work during the None-Working Notice period, you are still required to comply with all company policies, including the Employee Playbook and Code of Conduct.
Within a week, you will receive details of your severance offer, financial resources extending beyond your Non-Working Notice period.
At that time you will also receive a Separation Agreement and Release of Claims and other offboarding…
And this is the email people received if there were not terminated:
Thank you for your patience through this transition and for your commitment to the important work you do a Twitter. We are sending this email to confirm that your employment is not impacted by today’s workforce reduction.
Throughout the last week, Elon has spent time with a number of employees, customers, partners, policymakers and Twitter users. He is looking forward to communicating with everyone about his vision for the company soon. We know you likely have a number of questions, and we will have more information to share next week.
In the meantime, please note that until Monday, Birdhouse is temporarily offline, our office buildings are temporarily closed, and all badge access is temporarily suspended. Offices will reopen on Monday, Nov. 7th.
Thank you for continuing to demonstrate respect for impacted colleagues as we navigate these changes. As a reminder, we expect you to continue to comply with company police by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.
We look forward to working with you on Twitter’s exciting future.
It’s obvious that this was coming. Twitter has far too many employees and Elon Musk has a reputation for running a lean workforce that works more hours and drinks less latte.