According to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, he wants 20 percent more productivity by ensuring that employees are really productive so that the company can make cuts.
The Google and Alphabet CEO spoke at Code Conference in Los Angeles about his plans for managing the company more efficiently amid economic uncertainty and a broader slowdown in ad spending, of which Google has been the largest beneficiary.
As a company, Pichai stressed that it is important to prioritize all the right things to work on when you have fewer resources than before, so that your employees are really productive so that they actually have an impact on the work they are doing.
A higher headcount, according to the India-born CEO, is contributing to the company’s slowdown.
He said, “We can make decisions in everything we do, but we can improve our productivity by 20 percent if we look at the whole process.”.
He explained that sometimes there are areas where improvements can be made, such as when there are three people making decisions. By reducing that to two or one, efficiency improves by 20%.
A number of times, Pichai has hinted at trimming jobs at the tech company. Earlier this year, Pichai wrote a memo to his employees saying the company would slow down hiring in the coming months.
“We’ll need more entrepreneurial spirit, more sharp focus, and more hunger than we’ve shown on sunny days,” said Google CEO Larry Page.