The Google approach to HR


I wasn’t sure what to make of this when I read it …

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124269038041932531.html

“The Internet search giant recently began crunching data from employee reviews and promotion and pay histories in a mathematical formula Google says can identify which of its 20,000 employees are most likely to quit.”

If it works as it should the word is Google will know which employees are about to leave before the employee does. This comes from a Google source too … “get inside people’s heads even before they know they might leave.”

How would employees feel about being analysed like this? I’m not sure whether it’s genius or something sinister.

Either way, it’s very Google … and a good way to try and stop any potential talent drain as new start ups try and attract Google’s brains with the promise of start up culture and stock options and other fun perks.

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2 responses to “The Google approach to HR

  1. I don’t think it’s anything sinister at all (on the surface). Essentially they are saying they are trying to identify reasons why employees are leaving and then trying to correct those problems before the employee has decided to jump ship. If anything, that’s great for the employees as Google is theoretically making it a better place to work.

    I guess the flip side to this is that Google could use the information and then these employees could have some sort of ‘black mark’ against their names and be the first to get the chop in tough times. Either way, you’re right and it’s definitely very Google

  2. iamcontrarian

    Are we talking about the “do no evil google”?

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