By Jon Miller | Post Date: January 15, 2009 9:01 PM | Comments: 3
Granted these were 100 recruiting jobs, one of the positions least likely to be in demand over the coming months. That's still 100 people who now need, and are not likely to find jobs. Instead of looking for work, these people could be working for Google, focusing on doing kaizen (generating small, simple improvements) in their work, so that after the downturn they will have streamlined, world class recruiting processes. Google vice president Laszlo Bock, quoted in the Free Press today:
Translation: We're not hiring.
There is nothing wrong with making engineering sites more effective and efficient. In fact that is what Google should look at doing before cutting back on their people, the source of ideas for improvement. Or maybe they don't think of recruiters as sources of creative ideas, only engineers and R&D people. That is a typical, if incorrect, point of view among managers of knowledge workers. Rationalizing job cuts is a very tough thing that many of us are having to do. Is it evil?
I googled evil: that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
Google shouldn't be the source of harm, destruction or misfortune to others. That is a hard path to walk as a for profit business in a free market economy. Competition can be destructive and bring misfortune to others. But it's the path of their choice so Google should walk it and not just talk it. I don't have 20% in my day to dream up ways to do good yet, unfortunately. Hopefully one day like Google, I will. Even in a few minutes, practical kaizen ideas come to mind easily to me, so the creative energies at Google ought to be able to demolish this list in lest time than it takes to Google "gemba kaizen". Here are five things Google could do to save money rather than eliminating 100 jobs in Detroit:
That's why your News-Times this week takes on a bit different form: each page is one half of an inch narrower while being the same height.
This change will require us to trim a few words from each story (though we've gained back some space through design changes). But we believe this is a prudent decision both in terms of both economics and the environment.
Like most papers, our newsprint comes from pulp made from recycled paper, as well as wood waste products such as sawdust and fiber. But being sustainable as a newspaper is not just about how much fiber and pulp you use, but also the electricity, water and chemicals used in manufacturing the paper we print on.
In the case of the News-Times, our slimmer pages will save more than a ton and half of newsprint each year - thereby reducing our imprint on the environment. And in terms of the economy, the savings from using less paper will allow us to best focus our financial resources on publishing a great newspaper and also investing in our community.
Kudos, Forest Grove News-Times! It's tough being a newspaper these days, but you haven't lost your spunk. Well done.
Not long ago I saw that Google ran a campaign to solicit world-changing ideas on their website. There may have been a prize. That's nice, but why not solicit a few ideas for how to prevent the elimination of jobs. To change the world, start in your own backyard. It's disappointing that they haven't taken a more creative approach to managing this downturn. They have the information, they have the style, they have teh skillz. Do they have the will?Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.