If the employer calls it an all-hands TGIF meeting, is it implying that the meeting is mandatory, or that everyone can attend, but doesn't have to?
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Typically, an "all hands" meeting implies that all employees are expected to attend.
Exceptions for this may include an employee being on previously-approved time off, illness, family emergency, or having required coverage of a service (customer service reps having to man phones, front desk receptionist, etc.).
But if you're at work and your being absent from your workstation will not cause a business-critical failure of some sort, you should probably attend at least briefly.