Google launches new program to increase productivity as growth slows

As productivity at Google begins to slow, Sundar Pichai, CEO of parent company Alphabet, implemented a new program aimed at soliciting ideas from employees on how the company can improve efficiency, CNBC reported July 31. 

The program, dubbed Simplicity Sprint, was introduced at an all-hands meeting July 27. The aim of the initiative is to crowdsource ideas for quicker product development. 

Three things to know about the new program:

  1. Through Aug. 15, Google employees will be able to share their ideas through an internal survey that asks if management can reach out if they have follow-up questions.

  2. The initiative aims to get better results faster as the company is struggling with productivity. 

  3. The initiative comes as Google reported a slowed revenue growth of 13 percent in the quarter from 62 percent a year earlier.

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