Google Turns to Algorithm to Retain Employees

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2009 11:52 AM CDT
Google umbrellas at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Google is dealing with the departures of several prized employees the way it deals with nearly everything: with an algorithm. The search giant has a mathematical formula it says will identify which employees are at risk of jumping ship, the Wall Street Journal reports. The formula has already spotted employees who feel underused, a key complaint.

The company fears that it's lost its biggest draws—a startup atmosphere and ever-soaring stock price—now that it’s a 20,000-person behemoth. Many are leaving for burgeoning startups where they feel they can make a bigger impact. But with the formula, Google’s human resource head says they can “get inside people's heads even before they know they might leave.”