80/20 Work Week

An innovative work schedule at Google to promote innovation


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About the project Edit

GOOGLE engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. This means that if you have a great idea, you always have time to run with it.

It sounds obvious, but people work better when they’re involved in something they’re passionate about, and many cool technologies have their origins in 20 percent time, including Gmail, Google News and even the Google shuttle buses that bring people to work at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Allowing employees to spend 20% of their time on a project of their own choosing or invention increases productivity, workplace happiness and overall success of the company. The trend is a new one and is a shift away from the traditional CEO dominated business model where employees follow directions but do not propose their own ideas.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This project could greatly increase the innovation that is seen in many companies

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This idea could be implemented in many, many different sectors as long as management has the right attitude.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Google wants to promote good ideas. When you hire the best, take note and listen to what they have to say.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

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