Once a month we have a meeting, where nearly all employees, managers and the boss (CEO) participates. The main goal of this meeting is to keep all informed about relevant news regarding the company and to have a dialog between the CEO and the employees.
In practice it is a monolog from the CEO, who always tells how good everything is. Last time a manager told us that we should talk about some topics we are not happy with. e.g.:
- air conditioning
- future of the company
IMHO, this is a very bad idea. It seems this is a beginning of a string of layoffs as cost cutting measure. None of the employees have done this until now. There is a possibility to use a postbox, but a colleague told me that his question got filtered out. After the works council got involved this shouldn't happen again, but I don't know how trustworthy this statement is and I see no sensitive topics. If I talk with some colleagues I clearly see some topics of conversation.
So is it a good idea to talk about workplace improvements at all? How can you start talking about sensitive topics without being disreputable?