Google has, since its inception, generally maintained an open internal culture. That has changed in recent years and the daily company-wide meetings held by Sundar Pichai and other top executives have been one source of leaks. The CEO today announced that next year’s weekly TGIF will be a monthly occurrence.
The Google CEO describes in an email reached by The Verge how TGIF “traditionally provided a place to come together, share progress, and ask questions.” Pichai notes three major challenges to the current format— which, despite the acronym, is actually hosted on Thursday afternoons— that allows employees to vote on and ask direct questions to executives.
The most notable is a“coordinated effort to share our conversations outside of the company after every TGIF.” Similar recordings have appeared in recent years after very contentious topics that led Google to restrict playback after the fact. This “affected our ability to use TGIF as a forum for frank conversations on important topics,” according to Pichai.
Today’s other reasons include how some Googlers have different TGIF expectations. A typical session includes a presentation on new products followed by Q&A, whereas Pichai says that viewership is now only 25% “compared to 80% a decade ago.”
Google’s 2020 solution makes TGIF a “Monthly Product and Business Strategy Meeting, with Q&A on topics being discussed.” Meanwhile, municipal halls will be used for “important workplace issues.”