Sundar Pichai, head of Google and its senior alphabet, asked employees to “be more entrepreneurial” and work on “more hunger” in an email for all staff warning of consolidation, several news channels reported.
Referring to the “uncertain global economic outlook,” the CEO said that Google would reduce the employment rate for the second half of 2022. Google hired as many as 10,000 workers during the second quarter, per Pichai. The Googler chief further said that the company would consolidate “where investments overlap”[ads1]; and streamline the processes. Google encourages its employees to do so work harder, otherwise.
Technology companies of all shapes and sizes have laid off workers in the face of a looming recession. It includes Google, Microsoft, Tesla and other corporate giants, as well as relatively much smaller companies such as Bird, Rivian and Coinbase. Pichai’s note did not mention layoffs, but phrases such as “streamlining” and “consolidation” tend to evoke such things.
Alphabet, for its part, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It is net profit in the first quarter fainted 8% year over year to $ 16.44 billion. The company will report the result for the second quarter on 26 July.