Workplace trends: Google employees brace for layoffs, Musk is ready to hire for Twitter

Welcome back to the Workplace trends digest. As always, we are reviewing emerging workplace trends, breaking news, and thought-provoking discussions on the future of work. 

Here are this week’s top stories 

  • Google might be planning to lay off up to 10,000 employees
  • Elon Musk says Twitter is ready to hire again
  • Singapore is seen as APAC’s champion for hybrid work
  • The next big perk for Gen Z isn’t in the office: it is in belonging 

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10,000 Google Employees Could Be Rated as Low Performers | The Information

While an overwhelming number of big tech players are laying off thousands of employees, Google stood out as the odd one out. Since the beginning of the downturn, the company hasn’t announced any layoffs. Google’s resilience was praised in the tech ecosystem. Yet, it appears to have reached its limit, as the company is reportedly considering a deep workforce cut. 

Elon Musk says Twitter is done with layoffs and ready to hire again | The Verge 

After reducing the company’s workforce by more than half, its new owner is ready to fill in vacant spots. At the time of writing, Twitter’s Careers page has no open positions but, according to Elon Musk, filling sales and engineering positions is high on the priority list.  

HP says it will lay off up to 6,000 workers over the next couple years | CNN

The rumors about a planned job cut at HP started circulating weeks ago until, last Tuesday, the company made an official announcement of its plan to cut its workforce by 4,000-6,000 employees. The decision is motivated by HP’s stark decline in profits – the company reported a 11% dip in revenue in Q3 2022. 

CEO of $4.5 billion tech firm slams his peers over layoffs: ‘These are humans’ | CNBC

In a CNBC interview, Julian Teicke, CEO of WeFox, a European insurance startup valued at $4.5 billion called corporations out for cynical and disrespectful attitude to their teams. According to Teicke, tech employers are failing to protect their employees and are not factoring in the sacrifices made and expectations created by accepting a big tech job. 

Hybrid and remote work

New CIO Wants Cisco to Be a Model for Hybrid Work | Wall Street Journal

Fletcher Previn, appointed as the CIO of Cisco in September 2022, wants the company to support hybrid workplaces by enabling information sharing, and collaboration within hybrid teams. To that end, he plans to automate and fine-tune workflows and go through with a restructuring plan, proposed by the company in the end of October. 

Hybrid work has changed our office habits. Bosses need to take note | ZDNet

New data on hybrid work shared by Robin, an organization specializing in workplace technology, shows that managers might want to consider adapting hybrid work policies to seasonal trends. According to the research, only 24% of employees go to the office in summer, while in November attendance climbs to 32%. 

You Should Let Your Team Decide Their Approach to Hybrid Work | Entrepreneur

There’s a strong case for hybrid work flexibility – research shows employees who can choose their office and work-from-home days are more engaged and productive. Yet, only 13% of teams report having this degree of autonomy in their organizations. In an article for Entrepreneur, a behavioral economist shares the struggles leaders face when fostering flexibility and offers solutions for mitigating these challenges. 

Singapore seen as APAC’s ‘champion’ of hybrid work | HRD

A survey of 2,200 APAC leaders conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership showed that Singaporean organizations are the most open to hybrid work. According to the data, only 10% of managers expect their employees to come to the office full-time. The findings of the survey correlate with the government’s openness to flexible work – in April, the Ministry of Manpower encouraged organizations to adopt such arrangements. 

Workplace trends 

How Great Leaders Communicate | Harvard Business Review 

Communication separates great leaders from mediocre ones. The ability to clearly convey messages in-person and remotely, in speech or through writing is a prerequisite for inspiring teams reaching milestones. If you want to become a more persuasive speaker and eloquent writer, take a look at a list of actionable communication tips shared by. Harvard Business Review 

The next big perk for Gen Z isn’t in the office: it’s belonging | Quartz

A few years ago, employee perks were mainly office amenities, like a snack bar or a lounge zone. Over time, they lost their novelty and stopped effectively luring people to spend more time at work. Instead, employees should focus on a new need – creating an environment where new hires belong. 

Everything you need to know about ‘quiet constraint’ | UNLEASH

There were a lot of “quiet” buzzwords this year: at first, everyone was going on about quiet quitting. Then “quiet firing” emerged – the idea that employers give up on low-performance hires and wait till they decide to resign voluntarily. Now, a new phenomenon is entering the conversation – quiet constraint. It implies that employees stop being engaged when they don’t get involved in meaningful discussions. 

How to adapt your business to post-pandemic corporate travel | FastCompany 

Before the pandemic, companies mostly had built straightforward policies for reimbursing business trips, organizing get-togethers, and incorporating travel into the day-to-day workflows of their teams. In the post-pandemic world, we are coming back to business travel only to find that the old playbooks no longer work. Here’s how leaders can rethink business travel in a world where remote work is ubiquitous and teams are more decentralized than ever.

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