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Facing an uncertain economy, many tech companies – including Big Tech – are reducing their headcount. But how can they be certain they’re not losing their best and brightest?

Facebook, for instance, is reportedly encouraging managers to choose the bottom 15% of their teams and mark them for potential layoffs. Employees, well aware of this, are likely already managing up to make sure they aren’t on that list. Staying focused on keeping one manager happy does probably not always align with keeping teammates happy or focusing on company goals such as keeping customers happy. So, the company may be damaged even before layoffs begin.

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