Naughton steps down: Google HR chief stepping aside as worker activism rises

Google HR Chief To Step Down From Post Amid Rise In Employee Activism

During Naughton's years as head of human resources, Google has weathered a series of clashes with its workforce.

Google in November fired four employees on the grounds they had violated data security policies, but the tech titan was accused of persecuting them for trying to unionize staff.

Google's chief of human resources, Eileen Naughton, will set aside this year amid the growing activism of the company's employees.

Google employees have also openly opposed the company pursuing contracts to put its technology to work for the USA military. Many employees later alleged that Google resorted to retaliation against those who reported workplace issues.

In a statement to the press, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said, "Over the past 13 years, Eileen has made major contributions to the company in numerous areas, from media partnerships, to leading our United Kingdom operations, to leading our People Operations team through a period of significant growth-during which over 70,000 people have started their careers at Google". Those have been based out of a wide range of divisions, from Google's Mountain View headquarters to London and NY. That individual can remain with them throughout any ensuing investigations.

The development comes amid rising employee activism against top-level decisions at the Mountain View-headquartered firm. Google says Naughton is main the recruitment course of for her successor, and credit her with enhancements to Google's misconduct reporting processes, in addition to a $15 minimal wage, complete healthcare and parental go away for Google's temp and outsourced staff. According to worldwide reports, Naughton has said that she would work with the Google CEO and chief financial officer Ruth Porat to find a successor for her position. They plan that search to take place both within Google's ranks and outside of the company. She has been working at Google since 2006, assuming different roles over time. "We're grateful to Eileen for all she's performed and sit up for her subsequent chapter at Google".

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