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Why Investors Should Pay Attention to Google's Employee Protests

From The Street

“It’s a legitimate risk, in a tight labor market; being able to attract top talent and quality talent is key,” said Ann Skeet of Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“Anything that signals to people that there’s turbulence within the company could hurt their ability to attract top talent.”

For a long time they’ve relied, maybe too much, on one kind of cultural element, which is the things they say about their culture: Being Googley, having phrases like ‘do no evil,’” Skeet added. 

“They’ve said these things but haven’t clearly defined what they are and backed them up with their practices in the company. It can mean very different things to different people.”

Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, quoted in The Street (AP Photos).