The tech world
is passing through a crucial phase of policy changes aimed at
streamlining internal activities and enhancing customer experience.
While most of the recent corporate policy revisions, including those
involving Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR), revolved around protecting
users’ interests, Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is taking things to the next
level by setting new guidelines for its employees.
keep in mind our Google values,” a warning sent out by the online search
giant to its employees as part of the move, says it all. Apparently,
those at the helm of affairs are peeved by employees resorting to
unethical and disrespectful exchanges while communicating through
Google’s internal bulletin boards.
The company has gone
to the extent of cautioning employees that if they fail to get their act
together, strict disciplinary action including termination would be
initiated. The clampdown is widely perceived as a natural consequence of
several employees misusing the company’s bulletin boards for posting
scandalous and negative content that is often damaging in nature.
Google cautioned employees that if
they fail to get their act together, strict disciplinary action would
Going forward, those
who initiate discussion groups will be given the rights to delete
comments that are potentially damaging. Some of the ‘nasty’ comments
posted by the employees in the community message boards in recent times
had triggered controversies, exposing the underlying stress in employee
relations in Google.
Last year, the
company terminated an engineer named James Damore for posting a
politically sensitive internal memo, which also contained a statement
that claimed women are not competitive enough to do engineering jobs
compared to men. The company took the action after the comments sparked
a huge controversy that spread across the country.
Things got murkier
when the management recently succumbed to an intense agitation by a
group of employees, who wanted the company to scrap all projects
involving development of technology that would help the military make
AI-assisted weapons, and agreed to their demand.
In a statement
posted on Twitter, Google confirmed it has asked employees to mind their
language while using the internal communication platforms and stressed
the need to be inclusive and respectful to each other. It specified that
henceforth incidents of trolling and name-calling by employees will be
“Your actions on our
corporate systems leave a footprint and may be discoverable in court or
shared externally without your permission. And don’t forget that if your
actions or words trigger a complaint, Google will investigate and review
them,” read the statement, and urged Googlers to refrain from making
comments that might disrupt the productive work environment.
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