Elon Musk has reportedly turned some conference rooms at Twitter’s headquarters into temporary “bedrooms” this week, boosting the social media site’s “hard-working” work culture.
Photo of one of the rooms Taken by Forbes The images, which have not been published and the source has been withheld due to “intentional fear,” show a queen-sized bed, wooden bedsteads and a bright orange rug. Allegedly, the beds were added without any announcement or explanation to the staff.
According to Forbes, the rooms were “dorm rooms reminiscent of gloomy hotel rooms” and were furnished with “unmade mattresses, dull curtains and giant conference room telepresence monitors.”
While it’s unclear how many lounges have been added at Twitter’s San Francisco offices, one source said there are “about four to eight on each floor” and they “look comfortable.” The beds at that location “do not look good” for Musk’s company, the source said.
“This is another unspoken sign of disrespect. No discussion. It’s like the beds are coming out,” the source said.
The second source said Forbes the rooms appeared to be empty for now – although they noted that there were signs of use in the form of rubbish.
“People are already putting in late nights, so it makes sense to a certain extent,” the source said.
Platformer Zoe Schiffer said in a separate report that the library at Twitter’s San Francisco office has also been converted. Schiffer cited a current Twitter employee with knowledge of the matter.
“They described it to me as ‘comfortable,'” Schiffer tweeted.
The New York Post took to Twitter to comment on the situation.
The addition of the bedrooms is believed to be the latest sign of Musk’s efforts to overhaul Twitter’s work culture after buying the company for $44 billion. Musk previously laid off nearly half of Twitter’s 7,500-strong global workforce.
Hundreds more employees were reportedly laid off after Musk warned Twitter would shift to an “extremely demanding” work schedule that would require late nights at the office. Employees had to “opt in” to indicate they agreed with the approach if they wanted to keep their jobs.
“This means working at high intensity for long periods of time,” Musk said in a post at the time. According to the Washington Post. “Only excellent performance constitutes a passing grade.”
As The Post reported in November, a Twitter employee was photographed sleeping on the office floor while Musk pushed forward with tight deadlines on whether to discontinue its revamped Twitter Blue subscription service.
“When your team is trying to meet deadlines all day, sometimes you #SleepAtWork,” tweeted employee Esther Crawford, who shared the photo.
Meanwhile, Musk’s sudden decision to fire Twitter after taking over led to lawsuits from some embittered former employees who accused him of failing to properly report the pink slips.