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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Google Calculating Who’s About to Quit

The Wall Street Journal today writes:

[Google] recently began crunching data from employee reviews and promotion and pay histories in a mathematical formula Google says can identify which of its 20,000 employees are most likely to quit.

Google officials are reluctant to share details of the formula, which is still being tested. The inputs include information from surveys and peer reviews, and Google says the algorithm already has identified employees who felt underused, a key complaint among those who contemplate leaving.

Laszlo Bock, responsible for human resources at Google, is quoted saying “We haven’t seen the most critical people leave”. He also says that the algorithm helps Google “get inside people’s heads even before they know they might leave”.

Tags: The Algorithm, Philip K. Dick

[Hat tip to /pd and Kevin Scott.]


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