All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘personnel’
Whatever else one might be able to say about him, Ben Ling does not burn bridges. The proof: roughly 10 months after Ling quit Google in order to work for Facebook, he’s getting put back on the search giant’s payroll as an executive at YouTube.
Don’t be surprised if Google starts to get a lot of positive press overseas. A man who’s something of a media expert – for four years, he served as editor of the BBC show Newsnight – will be joining the search giant as its head of communications and public affairs for the UK, Ireland, and Benelux regions.
Google’s well-known specialties are search and advertising, and perhaps another couple products (YouTube, Blogger) also get more attention. Google Earth is still one of the company’s main attractions, though, and now a software engineer who’s been attached to the project for five and a half years is quitting.
A wholly believable rumor has it that yet another important Yahoo employee has found his way to the door. Adam Hyder, the company’s senior director of engineering, is the man who may no longer bleed purple.
Way back in February, we reported that Yahoo India planned to add around 500 new employees even as the rest of the company fell apart. Unsurprisingly, the company changed its mind, but the interesting thing is that the rate of hiring has been accelerated.
Since Google has won all sorts of "best workplace" awards, it at first seemed unusual when high-level employees would leave. The trend turned weird, then worrisome, as it continued. But Google’s maintaining that its operations haven’t been hurt in the least.
Rumor has it that, if Microsoft is successful in acquiring Yahoo, many Yahoo employees will promptly quit in order to receive at least four months’ (and up to two years’) worth of severance pay. Now, to make sure some people stick around, it seems Microsoft will spend $1.5 billion.
The word "restructuring" is sometimes used as a euphemism when the corporate weed whacker comes out. The term seems to be genuinely applicable to what’s going on at Ziff Davis Enterprise, however, as the company lays off some people, hires others, and shuffles around a third group.
Imagine that you’re watching one or two boulders rolling down a hill; in this scenario, you’d actually pay attention to the individual rocks. But if enough stones started to tumble, you’d become interested in the landslide as a whole, and that’s more or less where the departure of Elizabeth Harz from Yahoo comes in.
Yahoo’s recovering – sort of – from the slide that led Microsoft to make its offer. Layoffs, layoffs, and more layoffs were part of its path to improvement, though, so it’s nice to hear that at least some former Yahoo employees aren’t exactly wandering the streets.
Various arms of Google are, at the very least, attempting to take pictures of the entire world, solve the oil crisis, and inspire moon landings. It’s no wonder, then, that the central company increased its 2007 research and development budget by a considerable amount.
It just keeps getting worse at iVillage. First there were 13 layoffs, then a show got canceled. Now a website – Healthology.com – appears to be doomed, and another 18 employees are preparing to lose their jobs.
In all honesty, this development turned out to be less exciting than it originally seemed. Still, it’s at least somewhat interesting to note that Google intends to establish relationships with university alumni programs.
Google’s not one of those corporations in which every person in a given room is likely to be the vice president of something or other. So since the company is hiring a handful of execs in African offices, this appears to be a sign of an impending expansion throughout the continent.
More and more analysts are suggesting that a separate corporation buy Yahoo, and as Yahoo’s stock continues to sink, Microsoft is one of the most-mentioned names. But for the moment, Microsoft seems content to go after employees, rather than the company itself.
In October, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced that he intended to acquire 20 companies per year for the next five years. As far as anyone knows, that remains the case. Yet this task may become more difficult than Ballmer expected, as Bruce Jaffe, the corporate vice president of corporate development, is quitting.
Business people often have a blind spot when examining their own companies. Because of the emotional and personal involvement with the organization problems are often ignored, deliberately downplayed, or even refused entry into the office or boardroom door.
In every company I have consulted or coached, there exists personnel problems. Natural, you may say, and assume nothing can be done about it. But I have found a pattern behind these personnel issues, and an easy, effortless, and effective way to shift employees who are seen as “problems” to become employees with whom it is a delight to work. It is not necessary to “write off” problem employees when solutions are available that will benefit them personally and the company for whom they work.