posted at 04:50
Author Name: Jim Edwards
Why Google Fires Employees
Google chairman Eric Schmidt and former svp/product management Jonathan Rosenberg were in London recently to promote their new book "How Google Works." We attended a conversation about the book and told you what they looked for when hiring new people at the company. Sometimes Google needs to get rid of people, too, especially when a staffer isn't a good fit with the company's culture. In a chat about Google's internal management techniques, Rosenberg said the company was constantly on the lookout for "Knaves," or employees who are so annoying or ill-willed that they drive away the good employees. Too many knaves can cripple a company, Rosenberg says, so preventing a high "Knave density" - the level of antagonistic employees concentrated in any one team - is crucial. "If you get more than a few of these knaves, people don't want to come to work in the morning," he said. Knaves "Lie, cheat, steal, and take credit for other people's work," Rosenberg said. That last bit was interesting and may help explain why, despite the fact that Google has roughly 48,000 employees, the company's staff members rarely tell the media stories off the record.

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