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Nutanix’s Dheeraj Pandey: ‘A Furlough Is Reversible, A Layoff Is Not’

‘Coming out of the COVID-19 crisis, we think we’ll be perfectly placed to be one of the largest, and honest, hybrid cloud subscription software companies in the world,’ says Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey.

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What was the other ‘framework’ Nutanix used to make this furloughing decision?  

The other framework that we heavily used to make our decision was the concept of ‘The Most Good.’ I had read a deeply moving article in The New York Times on how doctors are having to make extremely difficult rationing choices. Over time, that has now taken the shape of a nationwide debate on the tradeoffs between lives and livelihood, as we struggle to find consensus on how and when to open our economy. [Author and motivational speaker] Simon Sinek refers to ‘The Most Good’ rule as, ‘Better we should all suffer a little than any of us should have to suffer a lot.’ 

Between these two guiding philosophies, we’ve thoughtfully taken steps to help minimize the long-term impact to our employees and our customers, given how incomplete the information in front of us was. These steps include two, one-week-long unpaid furloughs for many of us -- including my executive team -- over the course of the next six months. In typical Nutanix fashion, which means empathy for and subservience to our end users, we have carefully scripted these time-offs -- staggered them for essential services -- to minimize any customer service impact. 

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