Billionaire Elon Musk must personally approve every single employee that gets hired at Tesla. The electric-car company has also raised its hiring standards amid several recent rounds of layoffs. “All headcount requests from the business must get Elon approval,” according to a February 2019 internal email. “Evidence of this sign-off is required.” The email added: “We will be instituting a more rigorous process around requisitions and offers to help manage headcount across the business.” Tesla Workforce Shrinks to 40,000 Tesla currently has 40,000 full-time employees after it laid off 7% of its workforce in January 2019. Before that, Tesla instituted

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