Elon Musk’s tenure as CEO of Twitter has been eventful. Musk has done everything in the last three months — three months! — from gutting the leadership team to censoring his competitors to picking public fights with vitally important colleagues. It’s been an adventure. Some thought the rollercoaster had ended when the billionaire put his own job up for a vote and lost.
However, never underestimate Elon Musk’s ability to create a stir. He’s still in charge at Twitter — in his own words, Musk will remain CEO “until he finds someone foolish enough to take the job” (via KTVU), and he’ll remain Twitter’s sole shareholder for the foreseeable future. He clearly intends to make Twitter generate at least enough profit to service his debts, which, according to The New York Times, total $1 billion per year just to cover the interest. Unfortunately, this is where bathroom problems arise.
To date, one of Musk’s main strategies for increasing Twitter’s profits has been a cost-cutting campaign. Musk is well-known for firing a large portion of Twitter’s workforce — over 75%, according to the Times — and inspiring others to leave voluntarily, including firing the majority of the original board of directors “for cause,” possibly to avoid paying severance benefits. Following that, Twitter experienced some outages and technical glitches, which were widely attributed to a lack of technically skilled employees.
Twitter’s lack of competent support has recently become more apparent. According to Insider, employees at Twitter’s New York headquarters have flooded Slack channels with complaints and requests for help from an unexpected source: facility support staff. Employees have reported filthy, unlivable conditions in their facilities, although janitorial and maintenance staff have been largely laid off and are bound by their CEO’s insistence that everyone work an in-office five-day week.
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Some toilets are reportedly clogged and inoperable. I said trash to be piling up. I said bad odors waft around the building. I have forced some employees to bring their own toilet paper, according to a report published shortly after Christmas by The New York Times — though in that case, the employees were from California. In short, the situation stinks. Whether Elon Musk is leaving Twitter as CEO, he is still in charge of the company’s health policy.