The world’s most valuable company, Google, is asking employees to get off the job and get back to work as quickly as possible.
Google has a lot of questions about its future and, according to a memo sent to employees, the company is in a bind.
Its stock is down nearly 50% since the start of the year, and some executives are telling colleagues that the search giant needs to rethink its hiring practices, which have often gone badly wrong.
The memo, first reported by The Wall, says Google has spent $6.6 billion on research and development over the past three years, and it needs to improve its workforce.
“We have to be better at hiring people who are passionate about their work and will be committed to working to improve their productivity, and we have to work harder to get them to stay at Google,” said Jeff Weiner, Google’s head of human resources.
“This means we have an abundance of talent, but we need to hire more people.”
Google is also facing the consequences of hiring too many people, which has led to long-term unemployment.
The company has said it wants to hire as many as 500,000 people by 2020, a goal that has so far fallen short of expectations.
Google also needs to overhaul its software and search results, which are often riddled with errors and misleading information.
The tech company says it has worked with the Federal Trade Commission to develop software to detect when it’s been hacked and fix the problem.
“Google’s hiring practices have been very bad,” said Andrew Chamberlain, a Google spokesman.
“The people we have in our workforce are passionate and talented, and they have helped us solve problems and deliver great products.”
The memo was released amid a political firestorm in Silicon Valley over the hiring of some of President Donald Trump’s former and current top tech executives.
The White House has said that many of the employees who left Google are either “political hacks” or disgruntled employees who want to bring down the company.
It has said Google is committed to hiring people that are “great leaders” and has been pushing for a greater focus on engineering talent.
But the company’s hiring spree has caused controversy, with some former employees calling the hiring practices the “hiring treadmill.”
Google’s hiring strategy was criticized by former executives, who said it is “politically correct to say you don’t hire because you are too liberal” and that hiring executives with the same politics or positions are more likely to leave the company in the first place.
Google’s latest hiring drive came amid the company announcing that it would pay out $100 million to a class of its former employees to settle claims of sexual harassment and discrimination.
The employees included many of Google’s top engineers and product managers.
The compensation plan comes after the tech giant fired a former senior vice president who was involved in the firing.
Google is expected to announce a new CEO soon.
“It’s not a good time for people to be working at Google, and this is an opportunity to re-engage people,” said Adam Mosseri, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.
“People who left the company should be very upset that the company has gone to this level of emotional damage and is willing to do it again.”