When Unicorns Blow Unique Horns

Recently, I came across an article juxtaposing the images of Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai. The article’s headline hinted that both of them believed their brands have too many employees that are just chilling rather than working”.

In short, both have been equally concerned about the employees’ complacency or their lethargy. Further, the article highlighted three major indicators:

  • Facebook parent Meta has revoked extra vacation days for workers.
  • Sundar Pichai, Google CEO deems that there is lack of productivity in the company.
  • Pichai and Zuckerberg have also stopped hiring for the rest of the year.


Most of the unicorns as well as the start-ups welcome their employees with great welcome goodies and freebies. The great welcome indicates that while every head recruited is billable by the company, every head is liable to the cost incurred by the company. Hence, the equation comes to a balance only when both work hand in hand.

However, the blame flame erupts when there is either a slowdown in the economy, or when the company smells a bulge in the team size that is unproductive. To accept a coin, it should be validly minted both the sides.

You are free to differ; but I would like to share from my personal observation that the millennials as well as the gen z have a behavioural pattern of offer-surfing when it comes to landing a job primarily or making a shift from one organization to another. Striking the best deal attitude is an outcome of the extreme consumerist mindset that generations today are exposed to very early.

Usually, people look for best packages, growth, and learning opportunities etc. However, what concerns is the attitude of playing cards with companies with the offer letters received from two-three employers. Though this sounds to be a smart move of the candidate, it really bothers me about the loyalty both would develop for each other.

On the other hand, most companies do not disclose the compensation details when they advertise. This is another major factor that make the right candidates scroll away from the opportunity, where companies lose potential prospects for the respective roles.

Hence, it is established that there is a lack of trust and loyalty issues on both the sides, because of which the organization’s vision might suffer.

If money should not be the target of an employee, extortion of the human resources for the business success should also be shunned.

Here is the opinion of Dan Lyons, the author of How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for The Rest of Us”. He indicated by offering perks, tech companies actually make their employees work longer hours and with less work-life balance. The feeling will be familiar to all of us who have recently worked from home because often WFH meant working without a break or fixed hours.[1]

Who is at loss when you break the aquarium; you? Water? Fishes? Or the tank?



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