Twitter employee Haraldur Thorleifsson from Iceland couldn’t figure out for 9 days whether he was fired from the company or not. The work computer was locked down, but HR couldn’t give Thorleifsson a clear answer, as well as for about 200 other Twitter employees.
Haraldur, or Halli, as he asks to be called, was the founder of the digital agency, which was acquired by Twitter in 2021, after which he joined the company as the head of the design team. In order to understand the situation and not waste time, Haraldur decided to turn to Musk himself on Twitter.
“Dear @elonmusk 👋
9 days ago the access to my work computer was cut, along with about 200 other Twitter employees.
However your head of HR is not able to confirm if I am an employee or not. You’ve not answered my emails.
Maybe if enough people retweet you’ll answer me here?” wrote Thorleifsson.
Haraldur’s tweet has gone viral, and at the time of writing this post has already garnered almost 15 million views and over 58,000 likes, which of course made Musk pay attention. He asked Thorleifsson what kind of work he did and allowed him to break a non-disclosure agreement so it could be written publicly.
Thorleifsson made several tweets in which he detailed his job duties, but received only two teary-eyed laughing smileys in response from Musk.
After that, according to Thorleifsson’s words, he was immediately contacted by the head of HR , who confirmed his dismissal. And the only thing left for Halli is now to find out if Twitter will pay him the money provided for when the contract is terminated.
This story is another illustration of how chaotic Elon Musk’s management style is. The billionaire seems to have had fun with Twitter and is ready to continue burying the company without even worrying about possible reputational losses in front of employees. After all, such dismissals, even during mass layoffs in other technology companies, are unlikely to encourage talented specialists to look for work at Twitter. Apparently, Musk himself does not really believe that he will be able to restart the social network and is now trying to achieve only cost reduction.