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Google CEO cuts back biweekly meetings after rise in worker activism

The TGIF town halls have been rescheduled as monthly meetings.

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Google chief Sundar Pichai says the company's TGIF town hall meeting is "not working in its current form."

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In an internal email Friday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees the company won't be having biweekly town hall meetings anymore. 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 said in the email, adding that only a quarter of employees attend TGIF. Pichai's note was published Friday by The Verge. A Google spokesperson confirmed its authenticity to CNET.

According to Pichai's missive, 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. Pichai did say Google will "continue to hold town halls on important workplace issues," as well as some social TGIFs.

Originally published Nov. 15, 12:41 p.m. PT.
Update, 1:05 p.m.: Recasts piece to reflect Google confirmation.