Forget money, just have fun at work, says Google CEO Sundar Pichai
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google Sunder Pichai was again in news. He was allegedly saying that Google employees should not equate money and perks with fun at the workplace. Instead of that, they should be looking for fun at the office to entertain themselves.
Reports said that the global search website has slashed the budget for employee travel and entertainment.
According to a media report, the Google CEO faced questions from his employee about this policy change and he responded that the employees should be aware of the recent news, externally.
Sundar Pichai said that the fact that they know, they were being a bit more responsible through one of the toughest macroeconomic conditions underway in the past decade. It was important that as a company, they pull together to get through moments like this.
He said that he could remember when Google was small and scrappy. They shouldn’t always equate fun with money. The employees should walk into a hard-working start-up and people might be having fun and it shouldn’t always equate to money.
The Google CEO further said that the employees could be a 20-person team or a 100-person team. They were going to be constrained in their growth on a looking-ahead basis. Maybe they were planning on hiring six more people but maybe they were going to have to do with four and how were they going to make that happen? The answers were going to be different for different teams.
Sharing the full interview of Sundar Pichai, CNBC’s Technology reporter Jennifer wrote that Google CEO Sundar Pichai spent much of a recent all-hands meeting addressing employee concerns about company cost-cutting measures.
She wrote on Twitter that the pull-back came amid economic uncertainty, Google’s consecutive quarter of weaker-than-expected earnings and growing bureaucracy. It was the challenge of reeling in a culture of unfettered perks it spent the last couple of decades creating.