Reacting to so-called “20 percent time” policies made popular by Google and others, a recent article on Inc. argues that innovation rarely comes from protected time or spaces away from normal work.
Rather, great ideas “come from busy people who had ideas while doing their day job, stayed late, and tried things.”
This comment got me thinking about the relationship between innovation, particularly as it occurs in the stream of everyday work, and a social recognition solution that can encourage more of it.
The common thread is the ability to catch and call out great examples of everyday work that align to an organization’s core values. Considering how many companies include innovation as a core value, and are focused on cascading those values throughout their organizations, recognition is ideally suited to that task.
How “20% time” policies actually work