We've been experimenting with
ways to continue to bring in breaths
of fresh air (e.g. innovation) into
the normal process of getting a
company off the ground. After a
bunch of different attempts, I think
we finally found one that works. We
call it a "hackathon".
does something like this with
their "20% of people's time is
supposed to be on projects that
aren't related to what they're
working on" but for us, in a
startup, we found that allocating
time is not the same as taking it.
Essentially, we would allocate time
but it would get taken up by
something urgent that came up at the
last minute. Making an event out of
it added enthusiasm, anticipation
and stupid antics that make this
kind of thing fun (air-horns, stupid
hats, lots of pez, etc)...
Man is most nearly himself when
he achieves the seriousness of a
child at play.
Mangers need to realize that
employees are people too, with
feelings, ambitions, and needs,
One of those needs is to reduce
stress and boredom. An effective
means for doing so is to create
a more fun working environment.