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Twitter Staff in Singapore Could Be Affected By Elon Musk’s Mass Layoffs

Twitter employees in Singapore are among those that could lose their jobs from Elon Musk’s decision to cut the company’s global workforce in half.

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Up to 3,700 jobs out of 7,500 worldwide are expected to be cut, with news possibly coming in as early as midnight Saturday, 5 November, Singapore time, according to CNA.


In an internal memo seen by various news outlets, Twitter said staffers not affected by the layoffs will be notified via their work email addresses. Those who have been let go, on the other hand, will be notified via their personal email, which will include details on the next steps they have to take.


Twitter also said it’ll be temporarily closing its offices and suspending badge access amid the layoffs "to help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data."


A Twitter employee in Singapore, who chose to remain anonymous, told CNA that Musk’s time as the head of the company “has been a master class in how not to lead an organisation through change”.


"His team’s first internal communication was Friday, letting people know that they’d be finding out via a follow-up email whether or not they’ve been fired," noting how they already found out “unofficially” they would be let go.

Twitter Singapore office. Credit: AsiaOne

"It’s really difficult news...However, in a sense, we’re finally going to get some certainty and closure following what has been over six months of confusion and turbulence since Twitter and Musk first announced the acquisition bid in April,” said another Singapore staffer who similarly chose to remain anonymous.


"I’d characterise the manner in which this entire situation was handled as impersonal, unprofessional and hasty," they added.


The mass layoffs are part of Musk’s directive to cut costs and impose a new work ethic on Twitter staffers. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who’s also now the “sole director” of the social media giant after dissolving its board of directors, has already fired a number of the company’s top brass, including former CEO Parag Agrawal.


Musk reportedly tasked the company’s teams to find up to US$1 billion in annual infrastructure cost savings, as internal sources point out. He supposedly wants to boost the company’s revenue from US$5 billion last year to more than US$26 billion in 2028.

 
  • Twitter employees in Singapore are among those that could lose their jobs from Elon Musk’s decision to cut the company’s workforce in half.

  • Up to 3,700 jobs out of 7,500 worldwide are expected to be cut, with news possibly coming in as early as midnight Saturday, 5 November, Singapore time.

  • One Singapore employee described the manner in which the company is handling the layoffs as "impersonal, unprofessional and hasty."

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