According to a report by CNBC (opens in a new tab)detailing employee dissatisfaction with Google’s revised review and development (GRAD) system.
Reportedly, at a recent meeting of all members, the company’s management revealed just how serious the changes could be. Most importantly, up to 6% of the tech giant’s employees could fall into the lower-ranking category, a three-fold increase from 2% previously.
The number of employees likely to score in one of the top two categories will drop from 27% to an estimated 22%.
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While the percentage of employees who ultimately achieve average grades will remain almost the same, an increase of one percentage point, the change is likely to have a draining effect on motivation and satisfaction.
CNBC reports that top-tier workers had to “achieve the near-impossible” and contribute “more than we thought possible.”
In the company’s December summary, it appears many employees expressed concern about the changes. While the company has remained largely untouched by the massive cutbacks that have plagued the tech industry in recent months amid global economic uncertainty, many believe the new GRAD changes could serve as grounds for layoffs.
Going forward, the company hopes to reward workers in a move that will make it “spend more on per capita wages.” This, and a 23 percent year-over-year increase in employee numbers in Q3 2022, could mean Google is looking to increase average employee productivity overall, putting low performers at risk.
TechRadar Pro contacted Google for further comments.
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