5 Things Google employees want from Sundar Pichai

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5 things Google employees want from Sundar Pichai | Earlier this year, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced that 12,000 employees would be sacked, almost 6% of their workforce. However, the CEO took responsibility for the layoffs.

Former Google employees who were laid off on medical or maternity leave say Google may not be willing to pay them their previously approved medical and maternity leaves, according to CNBC reports.

A group called ‘Laid off on Leave’ has been formed by former Google employees in response to the layoff announcements. Employees have recently written an open letter to Pichai demanding better handling of these layoffs.

Here are 5 Things Google employees want from Sundar Pichai

As of today, the open letter has received signatures from 1423 employees. Below is the open letter enclosing their demands:

It is clear that the impacts of Alphabet’s decision to reduce its workforce are global. Nowhere have workers’ voices been adequately considered, and we are coming together around the world to be heard.

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You are specifically requested to make the following public commitments:

Freeze all new hires during the layoff process. First, ask for voluntary redundancies and voluntary working time reduction before compulsory layoffs. Allow for employee ‘swaps’ to further avoid compulsory redundancies.

Grant priority rehires to any Alphabet employees that have been recently laid off. Prioritize internal transfer options, prioritize access to jobs without the need to re-interview, and agree to a fair severance package.

Protect our co-workers from countries with active conflicts or humanitarian crises (such as Ukraine, Russia, etc). Do not terminate employment when it would adversely affect visas, which could require workers to return to unsafe or unstable countries.

Provide extra support to these and workers at risk of residence permit loss: help with job searches—internal and external—and provide adequate gardening leave.

Respect scheduled leaves (Maternity, Baby Bonding, Carer’s and Bereavement) and do not give notice until the leave is finished. Workers given notice will be notified in-person and will be given the opportunity to say good-bye to their coworkers.

Ensure there will be no discriminatory effects based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic identity, caste, veteran status, religion, and disability.

We call on you and Alphabet more broadly to make these critical public commitments. Our company has long touted its commitment to doing right by its users and workers, and these commitments will show Alphabet adhering to the final line of its Code of Conduct: Don’t Be Evil.

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