Some of Twitter’s remaining employees have reportedly started bringing their own toilet paper to the office, as Elon Musk is implementing drastic cost-cutting measures at the company.
Musk’s fight to save money this month included a move to abruptly fire janitors who worked at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. The cuts came after janitors went on strike for higher pay.
The absence of janitors has “left the office in disarray”, with bathrooms “getting dirty” and lingering smells of “leftover takeout and body odor”. reported the New York Timesciting sources familiar with the matter.
According to the report, some employees bring in their own toilet paper because janitors are not on hand to replace supplies. Musk reportedly crammed Twitter employees onto two floors and closed four others.
Other budget-conscious moves included a decision by Musk to close one of Twitter’s data centers in Sacramento, California, despite concerns from some employees that it could hurt the site’s performance.
On Christmas Eve, Musk tweeted that Twitter still worked “even after I disconnected one of the more sensitive server racks.” The site experienced a widespread outage on Thursday, though the exact cause remains unclear.
The report said Twitter missed rent payments at its San Francisco offices and completely stopped paying rent at its Seattle building, where it now faces evictions. The company also cut cleaners and some security personnel at one of its New York buildings.
In addition, the Musk-led company reportedly missed or delayed payments to some suppliers, including accounting firm KPMG and benefits provider Carrot. Twitter’s new leaders would aim to renegotiate some agreements to cut costs.
According to the New York Times, Musk turned off some Twitter employees with an “erratic and hands-on style” of leadership. Twitter’s CEO has instructed his subordinates to identify employees responsible for leaking details of the company’s activities to the press.
In all, Musk is reportedly trying to cut $500 million in non-labour costs from Twitter’s budget, the outlet said.
The billionaire has been open about Twitter’s financial problems since buying the company for $44 billion in late October. Earlier this month, Musk argued that his various cuts were necessary to avoid a $3 billion budget deficit.
“That’s why I’ve been cutting costs like crazy for the past five weeks,” Musk said at a Twitter Spaces event last week. “This business is basically like being on a plane flying at high speed towards the ground with the engines on fire and the controls not working.”
The Post has reached out to Twitter for comment. The company has cut its entire communications team.