Global HR headlines: Possible job cuts at Twitter, Google in Africa is hiring

Worldwide survey says workers will look for new jobs if forced back to the office.

Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter may result in job cuts, say people close to the negotiation, while Google in Africa is looking for talented, creative people to solve difficult and important technical challenges. Airbnb says employees can permanently work from anywhere and a worldwide survey indicates that two-thirds of workers would consider looking for a new job if forced unnecessarily to return to the office full time.

Airbnb employees work from anywhere
Airbnb employees can permanently work from anywhere – including their home, the office or while travelling in different countries.

In an email to employees, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the company would host regular in-person meet-ups and retreats.

“The world is becoming more flexible about where people can work,” he wrote. “We see this in our own business. We wouldn’t have recovered so quickly from the pandemic had it not been for millions of people working from Airbnbs.”

Airbnb said it has added more than 150 updates, including verified Wi-Fi connections, to support remote-work trends.

Job cuts at Twitter?
As he negotiated a multibillion dollar deal to acquire Twitter, Elon Musk told bankers that he would be focused on the social media company’s bottom line, and floated the idea of cutting both costs and jobs, according to people familiar with the matter, reports Bloomberg.

He didn’t go into details about which departments or positions might be affected, the people said.

Employees and investors alike are eager to know how Musk plans to run the company, which will be privately held once his share transaction closes. Twitter’s management didn’t hold an investor call with the recent release of quarterly earnings.

Wanted: Talented, creative people for Google in Africa
Google is looking for talented, creative people to solve difficult and important technical challenges, such as improving the smartphone experience for people in Africa or building more reliable internet infrastructure. This was part of the tech giant’s announcement that its first African product development centre will be located in Nairobi, Kenya.

VP for products, Suzanne Frey said, “I am excited to welcome all Africans passionate about improving the digital experience of African users by building better products to apply for the open roles at our first product development centre in Africa.”

Majority will look for new jobs if forced back to the office
Worker demands for more flexibility and security, bolstered by the pandemic and a tight labour market, are only growing more intense as the world economy reopens and some firms begin trying to pull employees back to offices, payroll provider ADP reported.

The survey, of nearly 33,000 people worldwide, found that two-thirds of workers would consider looking for a new job if forced unnecessarily to return to the office full time, reports Reuters.

Workers who feel their industry is secure fell from 36 percent in a similar 2021 survey to 25 percent. The share actively looking to change jobs rose from 15 percent to 23 percent, with nearly a third mulling the start of a job search compared to 24 percent in 2021.