Google’s “20% time” might be dead

Google’s much lauded “20% time” – an allowance of 20% of an employee’s time (one full day) for the employees to work on independent project – might be on its way out.

The company has already implemented an approval process, forcing employees to have their ideas checked (and potentially rejected) by management.

But as employees get busier, and as the company adopts productivity measures, managers are less and less likely to approve projects:

In practice, this means engineers who are especially motivated are free, as at any other job, to use their nights and weekends to do even more work.

via Quartz.


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