Listen Now: Tesla’s “Anti-Handbook” Employee Handbook Leaked
Elon Musk is CEO of Tesla and now we’re getting a look at how he’s driving the company.
This week Tesla’s internal company handbook was leaked in an article by Business Insider. Called the “Anti-Handbook Handbook” it’s provided to new employees to reinforce the company’s culture.
So how does Musk run things? According to Business Insider there are three key takeaways. First, it establishes and reflects culture by saying that unlike a traditional handbook that tells people how bad they can behave before being fired, Tesla hires exceptional people and holds them to incredibly high standards. Makes you feel pretty good about being hired.
Then it keeps a consistent tone about those high standards. Guidance includes “‘no one told me’ is an excuse that will never fly here” and “if you can’t be reliable, this isn’t the place for you.” It’s an entertaining read without skipping the administrative stuff.
Tesla has an internal website where employees can handle things such as time off. But instead of spelling it out, the handbook includes the link. Wonder how many companies are updating their playbooks?
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