Employee Policies the Tesla Way #Leaders

Konstantinos Anastasiadis @ SCALEUP | October 16, 2020

The Tesla Employee Handbook
Until recently according to Forbes, the innovative auto maker has leaked it’s employee handbook, and the results do not far away from the apple tree which in our case is Elon Musk. It is clear that Tesla’s Employee handbook mirrors the style of Mask, his unconventional personality and management style.

#1. The Tesla Anti-Handbook Employee Handbook

Assume that you are one of the company’s new hires, and you are ready to step into the Tesla World. Like in every conventional organization you will receive the so called Employee Handbook, for Tesla these are the first lines that you will see.

"“If you’re looking for a traditional employee handbook filled with policies and rules, you won’t find one. Policies and rules tell you where the bottom is—they tell you how poorly you can perform before you get shown the door. That’s not us."

The typical, long and filled with policies and procedures employee handbook does not apply for them. In fact, It's not clear if anyone in the history of corporations has ever completely read and understood their company’s manual. But Tesla’s handbook is like it’s founder direct, to the point and holds people countable and sets forth the requirements clearly and concisely.

#2. First Steps into Tesla World

"The most important thing, according to the handbook, is that it's everyone’s job to help make the company successful."

This is the key pillar that Tesla wants to communicate to its new hires, meaning each employee needs to act as if they own it. If they have a good idea on how things can be done differently or better, they should share it with the appropriate managers. They can even go up the chain of command and discuss it with Elon, if they believe they have something of value to offer. A simple practice that empower everyone and makes them take ownership of their career, job and mostly Tesla’s future.

#3. Having Fun at Work

According to Business Insider, besides the occasional after work drinks on a high frequency one of the most important rules on the employee handbook is having fun at work. From making new friends, striving for the best and be ready to take up new and exciting challenges, loving what you do and being passionate about it is between the core value that are early communicated to its new hires.

#4. Mentor Provided & Checked

According to SHRM, one of Tesla’s HR Manager’s reports that once the new employees step into the company, they experience the culture and “marinate” in it, the mentor has a two-fold purpose that is inclusion as well as accelerated immersion. The mentor should help the new employee absorb the organization’s culture and become their established resource as their go-to for questions

Not only for Tesla, but across all Musk’s ecosystems a new hire should understand their purpose within the organization, it creates engagement and this in return will provide the individual boost needed for the organization to reach it’s goals.

"People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working." - Elon Musk

#5. Thought & Reflections

The inhouse processes are not shared across the web directly, but according to Glassdoor reviews as well as Interview from the company’s managers there are some quick lessons today’s organizations can leverage right away.

On a practical note besides communicating clearly the requirements of the job as well as the day-to-day tasks and challenges your new hire will face it is highly important to keep in mind the following.

"Tesla must be the kind of company where people look forward coming to work in the morning. Treat everyone like you want to be treated and make sure you are having fun, enjoying what you do and communicate any of your concerns clearly."