Google Tasks Employees on Productivity, Launches “Simplicity Sprint”

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 01, 2022

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CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the initiative to employees last week as a means to collect ideas on improving efficiency.

Upping Efficiency

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has expressed his concerns over staff productivity and focus. This comes after its rather disappointing earnings report for the second quarter, following similar results in Q1. 

According to Pichai, the big tech company’s productivity is not “where it needs to be for the headcount” it has. The chief executive said this in a meeting with over 170,000 Google employees. 

He went on to ask for input from staff on how they can be more productive

“I wanted to give some additional context following our earning results, and as for your help as well,” Pichai said. “It’s clear we are facing a challenging macro environment with more uncertainty ahead.”

Simplicity Sprint

During the call, Pichai harped on the need for employees to work “with greater urgency” than they currently do.

Soon after, he introduced “Simplicity Sprint”, a program intended to gather ideas “for better results”. Employees will share those ideas through a survey that would ask pertinent questions on improving efficiency. 

According to CNBC, who viewed the survey, it contains questions like “What would help you work with greater clarity and efficiency to serve our users and customers?”

Worry Over Lay Offs

Google employees have shown some concern over potential layoffs. Several other tech-inclined companies, like Twitter and Coinbase, are slowing hiring and disengaging staff as they struggle to deal with the economic downturn. 

Chief People Officer Fiona Cicconi assured staff that they would be no firings, at least in the near term.

“Even though we can’t be sure of the economy in the future, we’re not currently looking to reduce Google’s overall workforce,” she said.

Sources.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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