Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the company can make no new hires, including contractors, without his approval. In an official email, Musk directed executives to send him a list of hiring requests on a weekly basis. He also advised them to think carefully before submitting such requests.
Musk says he wants to gain a better understanding of the company’s hiring, according to a report by CNBC.
“VPs should send me a list of their department hiring requests once a week. Think carefully before sending me a request. No one can join Tesla, even as a contractor, until you receive my email approval,” Musk wrote in the email, reported CNBC.
This comes after months of hiring freeze at the electric car company. In December 2022, Tesla announced a hiring freeze and another wave of layoffs citing various reasons.
Since he became the CEO in 2008, Musk has generally been involved in budget approvals and new hires at Tesla.
Tesla is scheduled to hold its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday at its headquarters in Austin, Texas. Stakeholders will decide on whether to approve new and old board appointments, including the addition of former-Tesla technology chief JB Straubel. Musk is likely to address the shareholders at the annual meeting.
Last week, the billionaire entrepreneur announced former NBCUniversal advertising chief Linda Yaccarino as Twitter’s new CEO. He said that Yaccarino’s appointment will give him more time to run Tesla.
Musk sold billions of dollars worth of Tesla shares to fund his Twitter acquisition of $43 billion and has sparked controversy ever since.
Under Musk’s leadership, Twitter restored the accounts of previously banned and divisive personalities, including Donald Trump and Andrew Anglin. Recently, the company bowed to demands to suspend users and throttle content on the app in Turkey, ahead of an important election there.