Google CEO, Sundar Pichai wrote an elaborate email to the staff to outline some of the key points discussed during the organization’s weekly town hall and meetings. The weekly town halls called TGIF allows employees to share their feedback, viewpoints, and ask management about the issues they are facing in the company.
CEO sends an Email to Employees about Weekly Meeting change
Sunder Pichai sent an email to the employees citing the threats due to information leak about the TGIF meetings. He also notified that the meetings will now happen monthly instead of being held every week. Here are the 6 important things that he mentioned in his email.
1). Monthly meet to discuss issues – Pichai said in an email that the TGIF meetings of the company would now happen monthly to talk about items on the business strategies and product-focused issues along with Questions and Answers on the pertinent topics.
2). Sundar Pichai also wrote to the employees about the rapid growth in the company and how it has scaled geographically. He also wrote that a lesser number of employees watch the TGIF as compared to the earlier count.
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3). As per Pichai, the organization will now hold Social TGIFs across various Google facilities across the globe. There will also be town halls for better communication and discussion.
4). The company will share a lot of videos with the employees so that they are aware of the various things the company is working on and how the company is doing overall. Pichai wrote there would be emails to “to give an insight into the work our teams are doing.”
5). Pichai focused on the value of the time of the employee and teams. He said that the company wants to spend the meeting time efficiently. His email stated,
“We know you have only so much time to attend meetings and we want to spend it well. We also have to account for how we spend our time as a company.”
6). The CEO also talked about the probable leak of the information about the meetings. He said that, unfortunately, he is seeing a coordinated effort to share the conversations outside of the company after every TGIF. He further said that the company is stressing on the purpose of Google, which is making it better for everyone. He said in a statement that “we owe it to our users to be relentlessly focused on our mission and our goal to build a more helpful Google for everyone.”
Pichai’s email more or less puts an end to the culture of openness that Google has been embracing over the years. The boss also conveyed his displeasure about the TGIF information being leaked by the employees.
For Google employees, the loss of TGIF is huge. The ability to ask the boss any question in a timely fashion was a powerful symbol of employee empowerment and was a much-emulated practice.