When you are the wealthiest person in the history of planet Earth, everything, and I mean everything you do, can be perceived as “interesting” or even “newsworthy.”  Even sending an email. 

In a CNBC story, a couple of Elon Musk’s emails to employees were revealed, and you are about to learn how the Tesla CEO feels about music at work. 

He’s cool with it.  Yeah, he even sent a company-wide email to tell the troops toiling in the factories that he’s given the green light to rock out.  

Here’s part of the email with the subject title “Music in the Factory.”

“Just wanted to say that I very much support music in the factory, as well as any little touches that make work more enjoyable.

An associate just sent me a note asking if we could have one ear bud for music so the other ear can listen for safety-related issues. That sounds fine to me.

Also, ambient music from speakers is also totally cool so long as there is reasonable agreement among your colleagues as to the music choices.

If there are other things that you think would improve your day, please let me know. I care very much that you look forward to coming to work every day!”

He seems like a cool boss, right? Just don’t forget, he is the boss. This email he sent out on October 4th clarifies what he expects when he sends out an email with specific directions. 

“If an email is sent from me with explicit directions, there are only three actions allowed by managers.

1. Email me back to explain why what I said was incorrect. Sometimes, I’m just plain wrong!

2. Request further clarification if what I said was ambiguous.

3. Execute the directions.

If none of the above are done, that manager will be asked to resign immediately.

Thank you,”

So there you go.  Be polite, reasonable, up front, and clear with what you expect, and you too might be worth $300 billion some day.


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