A Twitter worker unable to work out if he nonetheless had a job – even after a name to the top of HR – took to tweeting CEO Elon Musk to resolve his employment standing. It went about in addition to anticipated – if not worse.
Haraldur Thorleifsson (a.okay.a., Halli), mentioned in a tweet yesterday that his work pc was locked 9 days in the past with the group of roughly 200 Twitter workers laid off on the finish of February. He mentioned he acquired no affirmation of his lay-off, and reckoned even HR did not know the reply.
“Perhaps if sufficient individuals retweet you will reply me right here,” Thorleifsson asked his boss; And reply he did, by asking what work Thorleifsson had been doing at Twitter.
“I would want to interrupt confidentiality to reply this query right here,” Thorleifsson tweeted in response, to which Musk mentioned talking brazenly on Twitter about office points was “authorized, you go forward.”
Thorleifsson was obscure, responding that he had led the trouble to avoid wasting $500k on a SaaS contract whereas serving to to shut others, and helped prioritize design tasks throughout the corporate “to ensure we had been capable of ship with a small workforce.”
When Musk requested for particulars, Thorleiffson mentioned the SaaS contract in query was with Figma, and that he had been working with “all lively design tasks.” Musk’s response was concise, if not petulant: A pair of laugh-crying emoji.
The transient dialog between Musk and Thorleifsson ended with Twitter HR contacting Halli shortly after the trade to verify he had been chopped, the ex-Tweep said.
Cannot go away nicely sufficient alone
Together with the aforementioned work, Thorleifsson mentioned he was additionally liable for main design critiques throughout the corporate, was the hiring supervisor for all design roles and was serving to on efforts to draw youthful customers to the platform, all from his role as a senior director in Twitter’s product design workforce.
Thorleifsson is not any stranger to product design, having began a design agency referred to as Ueno in 2014 that has labored on tasks for firms like ESPN, Apple, Walmart, Google and Twitter – so extensively, in truth, that Twitter bought the corporate in 2021 to fold it into its in-house design workforce.
The sale of Ueno to Twitter made Thorleifsson one of many highest tax payers in Iceland as a result of he selected to take his lower of the earnings from the sale as wages as an alternative of in inventory choices and different much less tax-intense types of incomes, Icelandic media reported. Thorleifsson’s philanthropic efforts after the sale had been additionally what earned him Person of the Year awards from a quartet of Icelandic information networks and publications.
Thorleifsson grew to become an worker of Twitter after the sale, and his Tweets point out he is nonetheless owed cash per his employment contract.
Musk, nevertheless, could not go away nicely sufficient alone, and mentioned in a tweet that Thorleifsson, who he described as “independently rich” as a result of sale of his firm, “did no precise work, claimed as his excuse that he had a incapacity that prevented him from typing, but was concurrently tweeting up a storm. Cannot say I’ve plenty of respect for that.”
“However was he fired? No, you’ll be able to’t be fired for those who weren’t working within the first place!”
As Thorleifsson identified in a Twitter thread in response to Musk, he has muscular dystrophy that has been steadily getting worse over time.
Whereas his well being issues started in his legs, Thorleifsson mentioned his fingers have begun getting weaker, too. “I am not capable of do guide work for prolonged intervals of time with out my fingers beginning to cramp.” That wasn’t an issue below the outdated Twitter regime, Thorleifsson mentioned, as his job largely needed to do with guiding groups and serving to with planning.
Of the Musk demand that even Twitter managers ought to be coding like engineers, Thorleifsson mentioned he instructed HR that he was unable to work as a hands-on designer due to his muscular dystrophy. Because of the uncertainty, Thorleifsson mentioned he requested for and received steerage from his supervisor weekly on what tasks he ought to be engaged on, “after which I proceeded to do these issues. Each considered one of them.”
Twitter nonetheless owes Thorleifsson cash he is below contract for – at the very least in line with Thorleifsson’s personal tweets. Simply add it to the pile of unpaid bills Twitter is racking up and we’ll see if this one really will get paid.
The Register reached out to Thorleifsson to see if he plans to take motion in opposition to Musk or Twitter, or Musk for sharing what Thorleifsson mentioned is “confidential well being info” on a public discussion board, however we’ve not heard again. ®