Tesla began on Friday to furlough its sales and delivery workforce — with the least qualified workers bearing the brunt of the action — days later a companywide email stated salary cuts and decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several workers, who serve in sales and delivery spoke on condition of anonymity that they were on corporate calls in which more aspects of the furloughs were revealed. Performance is less of a factor. Rather, expertise and position are being utilised to decide who stays and who is furloughed. 

Employees Who Face The Brunt

Delivery and sales employees who have worked with the company for less than two years will be furloughed, according to the sources.

CNBC published earlier on Friday that furloughs will affect half of Tesla’s U.S. delivery and sales workforce. 

They were unable to confirm the total number of sales and delivery workers who would be affected.

The furloughs additionally comes a little more than a week following the end of the quarter, usually a busy time for delivery workers who strive to meet elevated internal goals. 

COVID-19 impeded delivery efforts, even though customers were yet reporting deliveries in California, New York and different states.

The furlough calls have been anticipated since an internal email sent on April 7 by Tesla’s head of human resources Valerie Workman notifying the workers that the company would be reducing the pay for salaried employees and also furloughing others.

Delivery and sales employees at Tesla to be furloghed | iTMunch

Further Cost Cuts 

It was not clear, until Friday, specifically who might be affected.

The private email informed workers that production at its U.S. facilities would be postponed until at least May 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, asking the company to cut costs.

Salaried workers will have pay decreased between 30% and 10%, according to their position. The salary cuts are assumed to be in place until the end of the second quarter, which was mentioned to the email. 

The salary reductions and furloughs will start on April 13. 

Workers who can’t work from home and have not been allotted with critical onsite positions will be furloughed till May 4, according to the email.

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