Tesla's Leaked Employee Handbook Is a Window Into Elon Musk's Unconventional Mind

Tesla's Leaked Employee Handbook Is a Window Into Elon Musk's Unconventional Mind

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We all know of Elon Musk's love for memes, and his disregard for acting like a conventional CEO. Still, Tesla's leaked employee handbook, titled the 'Anti-Handbook Handbook' is a fascinating insight into just how far Musk will go to ensure his company doesn't follow the rules.

Why? Because "we're Tesla. We're changing the world. We're willing to rethink everything," the handbook says. "We're different and we like it that way. Being different allows us to do what no one else is doing; to do what others tell us is impossible." Here's a look at the recently leaked document.


Waylaying office politics

The leaked document, first reported by Business Insider, gives us a look at how Tesla expects its employees to be self-resilient and to communicate openly even if they feel they're overstepping the line.

"You can talk to anyone without anyone else's permission," the document says. "Moreover, you should consider yourself obligated to do so until the right thing happens."

The number one priority should always be the success of Tesla, the document says, unintentionally reminding us about Tesla's slightly uncomfortable history with U.S. labor law judges.

"Your #1 job — everyone's #1 job — is making this company a success," the document states. "If you see opportunities to improve the way we do things, speak up even if these are outside your area of responsibility. You have a personal stake in Tesla's success so make suggestions and share your ideas. Your good ideas mean nothing if you keep them to yourself."

A meme-worthy handbook

While the leaked employee handbook certainly does contain a few pearls of wisdom, it is also, in parts, worthy of a company whose CEO's output on Twitter includes posts like the one below.

Haha actually true

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 30, 2019

It's the inclusion of a 'Stupid Stuff' and 'Fun' section that betrays Elon Musk's penchant for meme-style, direct, humorous language.

"We can’t afford to waste time dealing with stupid stuff when we have so many important things to get done," the Stupid Stuff section informally remarks.

The Fun section says "make sure you’re having fun at work" in a vaguely threatening jibe. Because, "if you aren’t having fun at some level, you’ll be unhappy. We don’t want that."

It all seems fairly reasonable advice. Have a look at the 'Anti-Handbook Handbook' below for yourself.

Tesla's 'Anti-Handbook Handbook' is a quirky, bold and unconventional take on company policy. It reminds us of the divided public perception of Elon Musk himself; a man with a singular vision to save the world, all without caring what others think — sometimes to his own detriment.

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