Google on Friday became the most recent company to decrease its workforce by cutting the jobs of 12,000 of its employees.
To help employees cope with the “difficult news” of upcoming layoffs, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has allowed remote work. Pichai announced the layoffs in an email to colleagues on Friday morning.
They affect around 6% of the company’s worldwide workforce, i.e., 12,000 people.
“Please take good care of yourselves as you absorb this difficult news,” Pichai said. “As part of that, if you are just starting your work day, please feel free to work from home today.”
“The fact that these changes will impact the lives of Googlers weighs heavily on me, and I take full responsibility for the decisions that led us here,” he wrote.
Employees will receive six months of health care, job placement support, and immigration services in addition to a 16-week severance payout.
With the economy continuing to decline, Google has joined other major technology firms in cutting off thousands of staff.
Earlier, social media companies such as Facebook-parent Meta, which also rely on advertising revenue, also executed layoffs in recent months. Amazon and Microsoft were also on the list who announced the removal of the staff due to record losses.
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