San Francisco regulators are investigating a recently installed employee bedroom at Twitter’s headquarters.
As part of Elon Musk’s overhaul of the social media company, the billionaire CEO had part of Twitter’s offices moved out of the Gold Quarters, Forbes first reported this week.
Workers returning to the company’s San Francisco hub were greeted by “modest” bedrooms equipped with mattresses, draped curtains and conference-room monitors, according to financial media outlets. There are about four to eight sleeping rooms per floor, said Forbes, citing an unnamed employee who shared photos of the setup. The worker said that some of the rooms appeared to be used.
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.
Users of the social media platform flagged the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection, and the agency soon confirmed it was looking into the setup.
The department’s Patrick Hannan said, “We need to make sure the building is being used as intended. There are different building code requirements for residential buildings, including those being used for short-term living. These codes ensure that people are using the spaces safely.” communications director told CBS News in a statement.
Hannan said the department plans to launch an investigation within 72 hours and will conduct a site inspection of the building. “Everyone in San Francisco deserves a safe place to live, work, play and sleep and no one is above the law,” he said.
On Twitter, Musk mocked the city’s response, calling it an example of misplaced priorities.
“So instead of keeping children safe from fentanyl, the City of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired workers. Where are your priorities?” he said in a statement. Tweet Mayer directed on London Breed.
Musk moved quickly to revamp the company after buying Twitter for $44 billion in October, firing most employees and telling the remaining employees that they needed to be “super hardcore” because he wanted to make it profitable. tries to make. The billionaire is known for his hard-charging style and long working hours, with Musk previously saying he often slept at the Tesla production plant to meet deadlines.
Given that reality, setting up Bedroom at Twitter “makes sense to an extent” because employees at the company were “already putting in late nights,” one employee told Forbes. However, another said the beds are “another vague sign of disrespect” from Musk, even though they look “comfortable”.