Google is now struggling with an internal culture that has forced it to ca cel its weekly TGIF meetings in favor of monthly meetings and separate forums – political discussions have been banned in some chart rooms and platforms. And while CEO Sundar Pichai is talking to the press, he is now openly suggesting that meetings are now being compromised in what seems to be a coordinated effort to leak internal discussions. Meetings will take place on a monthly basis and be strictly business while “workplace issues” will be covered at specific town halls.
Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the TGIFs in 1999 as a forum for employees can discuss concerns with management openly. It worked well but now there seems to be some challenges and in some cases, a breakdown of trust according to management. There seems to be growing tensions between management and workers, so meetings are being changed and the company is now cracking down on its traditional open culture of free discussions. Freedom of Speech could be under attack in many of the tech firms as some employees will be in favor of controlled speech or a watered down version of free speech. These TGIF meetings have been attended by or watched by 80% of employees in the past but now only 25% are watching on a given week.