Sunday, October 5, 2008

Workplace Incentives

Many companies are looking for ways to attract the best & the brightest and are using cool workplace incentives to do so. For some companies, it's "work from home" or great on-site perks like cafeterias and fitness centers. Google has taken this concept a step further: 20 percent time.

Google employees are encouraged to spend 20% of their time (about one day per week) working on projects that are not part of their job description. The goal is to keep employees thinking freely and happily, and of course, to develop cool new google products (or fix bugs in existing ones).

Your company probably doesn't have 20% time...but you are lucky - as part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Google has started a new initiative for the general public: Project 10 to the 100th.

This project hopes to take advantage of the ideas and information out in the wide world and hook up the idea people with the people that can get the job funding.

If you have any cool ideas (especially about greening the workplace, of course), it's definitely worth checking out...although as Google points out, your only personal reward is "good karma."

Good luck!


Evan Islam said...

Green Workplace? how about a treehouse as the workplace? I work in Basement Systems in Connecticut where my entire internet department works in a Treehouse, lol how cool is that??? we have lots of green in our department... recycled wood, insulated for energy efficiency and energy saving lightings to make it a green workplace. Check out the coolest place to work in connecticut. Have fun :)

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