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Google should be simpler: Pichai announced changes in the company’s management

At the monthly meeting of Google employees, its head Sundar Pichai announced changes in the management system that should "make the company easier. The three main principles Google now espouses are: less OKRs, fewer meetings, fewer distractions. Implementing these principles should make the company more productive in the face of the looming recession.

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An audio recording of Pichai's speech was given to Insider by one of the employees who attended the meeting. "Google is operating in a challenging macroeconomic environment," Pichai said, "and there are many opportunities ahead to scale the business and continue to influence many processes. But to do that, it needs to 'simplify the company' and manage complexity as it scales."

One of the biggest and most visible changes will be a reduction in the number of company-wide OKRs (goals and key deliverables) - the goal setting and achievement system used by Google and other tech companies - which will be cut by a third by 2023.

The next step will be to reduce work meetings. For this will begin using a new resource called "Meeting Refactoring," through which Google employees will determine whether a meeting is necessary and how to make it more effective.

In July, Google held a "simplicity sprint," an employee survey designed to find weaknesses in the company's management and ways to improve focus and efficiency. Pichai called the results of this survey, which involved more than 6,000 people, "astounding."

The confusion reigning over the work tool system was revealed. Google uses a range of its own custom and third-party tools, but they have long been a source of frustration for employees, who complain about their incompatibility and lack of functionality.

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Onboarding new employees is another problem to be solved. Google is already working to ensure that 90 percent of "nuglers" (that's what Google's new recruits are called) can start working on their first day. Employee training will also change, Pichai says, and for the better.

The announced changes are just part of future measures that the company can start using right now.

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