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7 Tips to Increase Productivity at Work by Tesla CEO Elon Musk

These are troublesome times for everyone, whether you are employed someplace or not. The Coronavirus pandemic situation has gone on too long for the people to eventually just shrug it off as a bad phase to live in.

After a hiatus of some months, the infection rates have begun skyrocketing in India, forcing people to lock themselves down at home again. Those who are working from home are feeling the strain of a new normal which they earlier thought wouldn’t last longer than some months.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in an email, seen by folks at, shared some tips with the employees at the company to help enhance their productivity at work. The workforce could find something useful in what he shared, considering the hectic schedules people have to keep up with, so here are the seven tips from the tech billionaire.

Seven Ways to Increase Productivity at Work

#1 Get rid of large meetings if they don’t serve the purpose

According to Elon Musk, unless large meetings are expressly serving the purpose for which they were intended and that too in a short span of time, they should be chucked. In the first tip, he says: “Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time. Please get (rid) of all large meetings, unless you’re certain they are providing value to the whole audience in which case keep them very short.”

#2 Frequent meetings are a no, unless for something urgent

Next, he advises not to hold meetings too frequently, unless for a very urgent matter. “Also get rid of frequent meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter. Meeting frequency should drop rapidly once the urgent matter is resolved.”

​#3 Leave a meeting if there is nothing of value for you there

The third tip is for a member to leave a meeting if there is nothing of value for you there. “Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”

#4 Don’t use acronyms or “nonsense words” that others don’t get

The fourth tip, though he just meant it for the Tesla employees, could help save everyone’s time. He says, “Don’t use acronyms or nonsense words for objects, software or processes at Tesla. In general, anything that requires an explanation inhibits communication. We don’t want people to have to memorize a glossary just to function at Tesla.”

#5 Take the shortest route to communicate

In the fifth tip, he wants employees to take the shortest route for communication to get the job done, irrespective of the chain of command. While this may prove a tad daunting for the companies, the instructions are clear for people at Tesla.

“Communication should travel via the shortest path necessary to get the job done, not through the “chain of command”. Any manager who attempts to enforce chain of command communication will soon find themselves working elsewhere.”, warned Musk.

#6 Allow free flow of communication in a department

The sixth tip is to allow a free flow of communication among all the levels in a department. “A major source of issues is poor communication between depts. The way to solve this is to allow the free flow of information between all levels.

If in order to get something done between depts, an individual contributor has to talk to their manager, who talks to a director, who talks to a VP, who talks to another VP, who talks to a director, who talks to a manager, who talks to someone doing the actual work, then super dumb things will happen. It must be ok for people to talk directly and just make the right thing happen.”

#7 Use your common sense

His seventh and last tip is about using common sense and picking it “as your guide”. He said in the email, “In general, always pick common sense as your guide. If following a “company rule” is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, such that it would make for a great Dilbert cartoon, then the rule should change

This useful article was originally published at Gadgets Now

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