HP CEO Meg Whitman
By any measure, it's been a rough few years for the employees of Hewlett-Packard, with massive layoffs, stock options under water and a constant string of new bosses.
He called it a "cult of Meg." Whitman is well liked by employees, even though HP has gone through a lot of drama since she took office including $16+ billion in write-offs, accusations of fraud at Autonomy, and a multi-year, 29,000-job layoff.
Here's how she's winning back their love:
- Bureaucracy Busters: HP seems to love red tape for doing everything from buying supplies to business travel. When Whitman rolled this program out last year, one employee told us it was a joke because she also increased paperwork for things like hiring a new employee. But now, some employees say the Busters are working. For instance, this month, HP revamped a website making it easier for employees to book their own business travel.
- A new employee reward system called Recognition@HP: Managers can issue points to employees that can be redeemed for cash, printers, computers. Managers get a monthly budget of points.
- HP University: Web-based employee training, with a goal of cultivating internal leaders, an area where the company has faced criticism. Classes range from technical skills to business/marketing oriented.
It's important that HP be viewed as a good place to work again. Even though the company still has some 15,000-ish more jobs to cut, HP also happens to be hiring like crazy. It's competing for talent in some of the hardest-to fill areas, like big data data scientists, cloud computing experts, security researchers and so on.
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