STATES CHRONICLE – It was about time we heard some official news about Google’s revamp, what with the announcement having been made more than a couple of months ago. The Silicon Valley tech firm’s transformation into a better functioning giant under the Alphabet Inc. banner is finally complete, and the official launch was made on Friday, Oct.2.
The new parent company made its code of conduct public with some notable differences in the directions set for the group. Google’s previous code of conduct included pretty quirky wording that appealed to its employees, such as the catchy motto “Don’t be evil,” a line that was incorporated in the company’s public listing back in 2004.
Alphabet decided, however, to change the old slogan with an updated 2015 phrase considered to be flexible and conservative at the same time. “[You] should do the right thing – follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect,” is the new advice Alphabet has worded in the staff’s the code of conduct.
It sounds rather brief, but there’s a reason for that. The calm recommendation simply urges employees to maintain their integrity at work, avoid conflicts of interest, and follow rules, a formula that should keep them away from breaking the law. By keeping it short and on point, Alphabet wants to create the proper space for its subsidiaries to come up with their own internal regulations.
This is also the reason why Alphabet’s code of conduct is incomparable in size with the old tome that Google presented to its employees. More than anything, Google’s old “Don’t be evil” adage was a marketing strategy, in line with its goal of always being different in the IT field. Critics also used it every time Google seemed to stray from the righteous path.
Google’s employees have a much stricter and detailed code to follow, with most of their work environment conduct regulated. Some alcohol consumption is not frowned upon, for example, but it’s not encouraged. Pets are allowed into the office, but dogs are favored by all.
So far, Google’s supervision still covers most of Alphabet’s employees because the search-and-advertising unit is still the company’s biggest division. They will keep their “Don’t be evil” adagio. Alphabet’s new code of conduct is nothing if not a sign that the search giant has no trouble keeping pace with the times.
Alternative business cultures will have more space than ever to be created under the new banner, and they will be allowed to develop their own codes that will keep on promoting great values and hard work.
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