SpaceX believes that Elon Musk’s behavior negatively affects the entire company. Employees of the company have created an open letter, which is discussed in the internal chat and encourages everyone to sign it publicly or anonymously. The signed letter will be handed over to SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell.
The letter states that Elon Musk’s actions and recent accusations of sexual harassment has a bad effect on SpaceX’s reputation. It is unknown at this time who exactly created the letter.
“Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks. As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every Tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company. It is critical to make clear to our teams and to our potential talent pool that his messaging does not reflect our work, our mission, or our values,” the letter said.
Musk has been particularly active on Twitter lately and often doesn’t choose expressions. He osted rude jokes about Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin. He also continues attempting to buy Twitter.
The letter was published on the internal SpaceX channel, which has more than 2,600 employees. It claims that the company is not living up to its oft-stated “No Asshole” policy and its zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy The letter also suggests three ways to solve the problem:
- SpaceX should publicly address and condemn Elon’s harmful Twitter behavior;
- The company should hold all leadership equally accountable for bad behavior;
- SpaceX needs to “clearly define what exactly is intended by SpaceX’s ‘no-asshole’ and ‘zero tolerance’ policies and enforce them consistently
Many employees agreed with the statements in the letter. In an internal discussion, it gathered more than a hundred comments.
A copy of the letter, which appeared in The Verge, can be read at the link.