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Stung by a slew of recent controversies, Google - which for so long prided itself on providing an open workplace culture where workers are free to speak their minds and voice their opinions - published new employee guidelines Friday appearing to attempt to rein in their freewheeling staff.
The new rules discourage unnecessary political debate and improper disclosure of company information.
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They also require Googlers to be respectful in all internal communications, with fierce prohibition against trolling or making blanket statements against groups of people that could make fellow employees feel unwelcome.
‘Our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics,’ the guidelines read.
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Once lauded as the future of corporate America, Google’s seeming cultural shift marks a drastic departure from the unrestrained workplace environment it once pioneered, hinting that the tech company has learned that encouraging employees to speak openly doesn’t come without controversy.
The overhaul comes at a time of increased scrutiny from politicians, the public and its own employees who have publicly aired a number of internal conflicts.
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In one such controversy, one former Google employee alleged that he was fired for his conservative viewpoints and accused the company of plotting to help President Trump’s Democratic opponent in the upcoming 2020 elections.
The worker, Kevin Cernekee, appeared on TV in an interview with Fox News which later prompted President Trump to tweet that his allegations were ‘all very illegal’ and added he’d be ‘watching Google very closely’, believing the company to have an 'anti-conservative bias'.
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Under its new policies, Googlers will now be prohibited from making statements that ‘insult, demean, or humiliate,’ the company’s employees, business partners, or ‘others’ – including public figures, such as Donald Trump.
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