WHO

Can apply to everyone in the organisation.

WHAT

Give employees space to generate creative thoughts that can help drive innovation in the organisation.

WHY

In many organisations employees are reluctant to take on tasks, which have not been formally allocated to them. Often this is because the culture discourages people from volunteering, or because employees do not have additional capacity.

Innovation time off as a concept is a top-down intervention to provide employees with permission, encouragement and space to work on projects outside their responsibility, which in turn can benefit the organisation with creative and innovative ideas from the people closest to their products.

HOW

Depending on the organisation Innovation time off is either a part of the weekly routine or offered as shorter, focussed events throughout the year.

CASE STORIES

Google

Red Gate

 

SOURCES

Employee-led innovation, Business Strategy Review by Birkinshaw & Duke

Google Effectively Kills ’20 Percent Time,’ The Perk That Gave Us Gmail: Quartz,on Huffington Post by Christopher Mims 

Future of Management by Gary Hamel