You may know that one of the benefits of working at Google is “20% time.” Google allows their engineers to spend 20% of their time working on projects that are not necessarily part of their normal jobs, but are things they are passionate about.
This is a perk for employees, but the company gets a great benefit, too. According to Google, the results of giving employees free rein to create new things include Google News, Google Suggest, AdSense for Content and Orkut.
Employees do not have to spend that time creating something brand new, either. They can work on an improvement to an existing product, or even fix something that is broken. The point is to do something outside of their normal duties.
If you spend all of your time just keeping things going, you would be smart to implement your own version of 20% time. [Read more…]