It has not been an easy journey for IT firms struggling to combat the pandemic and ensure the well being of their employees and businesses at the same time. Even global giants, such as Google, are gearing up to meet the challenges and handle the situation as best they can.
Considering the present scenario, Google is planning to slow down the hiring pace as compared to last year.
In an email to his employees, Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google, said, “We’re only a quarter of the way through 2020, and it’s already been the most unusual year in memory. None of us could have predicted that most of us would now be working from home during the biggest global pandemic of our lifetimes.”
Pichai believes that it is the right time to reduce the pace of hiring, even while maintaining momentum in a handful of strategic areas, where users and businesses are dependent on Google for constant support; areas where the Company’s growth is essential to their success.
The Company is also encountering hurdles in its efforts to provide its employees with essential equipment, including laptops and security keys.
“By dialing back our plans in other areas, we can ensure Google emerges from this year at a more appropriate size and scale than we would otherwise. That means, we need to carefully prioritise hiring employees who will address our greatest user and business needs,” said the letter.
By prioritising certain areas of investment, the IT firm will focus more on data centres and machines, instead of non-essential business and marketing.