Elon Musk’s Tesla is now worth 12 Million Dollars and depending on when you are reading this article it could very well even worth more. Despite all the five star hotels Elon Musk could sleep in, the Tesla CEO chooses to sleep at his factories. Not just now and again, but often. That’s what he did during his recent visit to the Gigafactory under construction in Berlin- Tesla’s first vehicle factory in Europe that will start turning out Model Y this year.
Kidding aside, he’s been doing this for years, including camping on the roof of Tesla’s battery factory in the Nevada desert. And he showed CBS exactly where he slept at Tesla’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, California.
Saving time isn’t the only reason he sleeps at work, it’s just his style. He explains that he doesn’t want to be one of those CEO’s in an Ivory tower, far removed from the hardships his employees face on the frontline. He says he wants his pain to be worse than theirs. There’s no question, his employees have had to endure a lot to get Tesla to where it is today. The company delivered nearly half a million cars in 2020 – a stunning achievement considering how close it was to bankruptcy a few short years ago as it struggled to mass-produce the Model 3. ago as it struggled to mass-produce the Model 3. In 2018, Tesla planned on producing 5,000 Model 3 every week, but only managed about 800 a week in the first three months of that year.
Part of the problem was the Tesla relied on too much automation, or, too many robots, too early. And any issue would cause the entire assembly line to stop.
The human staff was also overworked, exhausted, and according to a report in the Guardian, even passing out on the factory floor. In response to this article, Musk said he cared deeply about the health and safety of his employees and emphasized that Tesla’s safety record has improved significantly since then. But shortly after, Tesla was hit by another claim of high injury rates at the factory. So Musk responded with an all-staff email that’s been applauded by leadership experts. He wrote, “No words can express how much I care about your safety and well being. It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful”.He went on to say he’d meet with every injured employee and would go down to the production line and perform the same task that they perform.
His hands-on approach was clear evidence that he’s willing to put himself at the very heart of problem-solving. And sleeping in his factories could go a long way toward inspiring his employee to make Tesla an overwhelming success by helping the world transition to sustainable energy. Tesla aims to produce 20 million cars a year by 2030 – that’s 40 times what it produced in 2020. Only an insane amount of hard work will get Tesla there. Musk says at times he’s clocked in more than 120 hours a week – a work ethic that he adopted early on.
When he and his brother Kimbal founded their first company Zip2 which was link an Internet version of the yellow pages, they only had one computer. So the website ran during the day while they coded at night. They also slept at the office because they didn’t have an apartment and showered at the YMCA.
He doesn’t expect his employees to camp out at work but does expect them to spend a lot of waking hours there. During that painful production ramp-up of the Model 3, the staff was working 100 hours a week. That’s the equivalent of 14 hours a day, seven days a week. Critics say he pushed his workers to the brink. Musk said there was no other way to meet Tesla’s production targets. The company bounced back and exceeded its delivery goal in the second half of 2019. Tesla is now the most valuable car company in the world as its stock price continues to soar.