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Google is reportedly cutting back on its weekly meetings.


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Google CEO Sundar Pichai has told his employees they won’t be having bi-weekly town hall meetings anymore. In an internal email published by The Verge Friday, Pichai said the TGIF meetings will be cut down to once a month, and will focus on “product and business strategy” rather than internal politics.

“TGIF has traditionally provided a place to come together, share progress and ask questions, but it’s not working in its current form,” Pichai’s email said, adding only a quarter of employees attend TGIF. A Google spokesperson confirmed to CNET the email was accurate.

According to the chief executive’s note to staff, Googlers expect different things from the meetings — some want to focus on product launches and business strategies, while others want to “hear answers on other topics.”

Pichai added that Google is “unfortunately seeing a coordinated effort to share our conversations outside of the company after every TGIF.”

His comments follow a rise in activism among Google employees — but he did say Google will “continue to hold town halls on important workplace issues,” too, as well as some social TGIFs.

Originally published Nov. 15, 12:41 p.m. PT.
Update, 1:05 p.m.: Adds confirmation from Google.



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