Google Turns Algorithm on Staffing

Susan Hall

Google is tackling its staffing issues like Google does: with an algorithm, reports The Wall Street Journal.


No longer the giddy boom atmosphere with a soaring stock price, the company wants to stem the brain drain among its engineers. So it's using a mathematical formula to sift through employee reviews and promotion and pay histories to determine which of its 20,000 employees are most likely to resign. The story says the algorithm already has identified employees who feel their skills aren't used to their potential, a key complaint.


Critics say the company needs to help employees feel they're having an impact. Says Valerie Frederickson, a Silicon Valley personnel consultant who has worked with former Google employees:

They need to come up with ways to keep people engaged. If Google was doing this enough, they wouldn't be losing all these people.

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