Changes to Google's employee appraisal system stir layoff fears

From ComputerWorld: After several major technology companies announced layoffs due to macroeconomic headwinds in the last few months, Google is now under the spotlight as news reports this week predict that the company will cut at least 10,000 jobs.

The forecasts are based on a report from the Information, which said that under the Google Reviews and Development (GRAD) program, launched earlier this year, managers have been told to allocate a low performer rating to at least 6% of employees compared to 2% under the old performance review process.

Some industry watchers are predicting that the reported move to increase the number of employees ranked as low performers presages layoffs of those employees.

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