With roughly 170,000 employees from around the globe, it makes sense that Google might leverage quite a few temps, vendors, and contractors (collectively known as "TVCs") within the company. However, did you realize that roughly half of the Google workforce (approximately 49.95 percent) fall into this designation? And did you also know that a recently leaked internal document from this tech titan shows that Google goes out of its way to ensure that TVCs don't enjoy the same rights, benefits, and protections that are made available to full-time workers?
In a bombshell release from The Guardian, Julia Carrie Wong reports that this search leader has a strict doctrine, known as "The ABCs of TVCs," for dealing with employees and contractors that fall into this category. In this internal document, everything from creating barriers that remove legal responsibility from Google to barring TVCs from all-hands meetings and employee enrichment programs earn a spot in the company's comprehensive and detailed look at how to keep certain portions of its workforce at arm's length in a "two-tier" approach.
As one current Googler explains under the condition of anonymity to Wong, Google views this stance on vendors, temps, and contractors as a way to keep the cash flowing and as a license to "treat people like garbage." Much like the removal of the "don't be evil" motto from its company handbook earlier this year and the growing labor rights and morality movements currently being fostered by employees, this leaked document serves as yet another indicator that the humble origins of the team from Mountain View continue to appear further and further behind in the rearview mirror as Google speeds toward an uncertain future.
Once you put it all together, all of this leads to one highly important question you simply can't afford to overlook: If Google is willing to treat in-house individuals in this manner (all for the sake of its bottom line), can you really feel confident in the assumption that this dominant force in the digital world actually has your dealership's best interests at heart – especially when it comes to overseeing the countless Google products and services that you use to connect with car buyers in your area?
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