Google chief warns bloated staff of ‘real concerns’ over productivity

Between slowing revenue growth and an increasingly murky outlook for tech companies in general, Google is tasking its employees to put in harder shifts at work.

Amid a larger market downturn over the past few months, the tech sector has arguably fared the worst.

Thousands of tech company employees have been laid off, and with chatter growing that an inevitable economic contraction is on the way, more speculative stocks such as tech are bracing for the worst.

At Google—one of the biggest tech players around today—executives are urging employees to pick up the slack.

“There are real concerns that our productivity as a whole is not where it needs to be for the headcount we have,” Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google-parent company Alphabet, reportedly told employees last week.

At a meeting between executives and Google employees, Pichai said that the company’s productivity has fallen behind its targets considering its number of employees, CNBC reported, after speaking with attendees and reviewing internal documents.