Report: Google Kills Employee "20% Time"
August 19, 2013 10:07 AM
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High productivity requirements eliminate 20% time according to sources
Google has always been famous for its
. From childcare to naps to gourmet meals, many other companies have tried to copy Google's perks in an effort to lure in and retain employees. One of Google's most interesting perks is what the company called
20% time allowed employees to take a single day each week to work on side projects. Google's 20% time sparked some of the company's biggest innovations including its huge moneymaker AdSense, Gmail, Google Talk, and Google News. While Google hasn’t officially killed 20% time, it has made changes that have all but eliminated 20% time from the Google culture.
reports that Google has effectively shut down 20% time by requiring that all engineers get approval from management to use 20% time to work on independent projects. Previously, 20% time was the right of everyone who worked at Google. Taking that a step further, upper management at Google has reportedly discouraged managers from approving any 20% projects at all.
Those managers are judged on team productivity, which is measured by an internal analytics team who keep an eye on employee productivity. Reports indicate that the level of productivity these teams are required to deliver assumes that all employees are working on primary responsibilities 100% of the time.
Google CEO Larry page
killed off Google Labs
, which fostered the development of experimental projects. Employees using their 20% time created many of those Google Labs projects.
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RE: This makes sense.
8/19/2013 4:07:55 PM
I dunno. It depends entirely on what Google was getting out of it. How do you know all their best products didn't come from some agreed upon projects and the 20% time thing wasn't being abused. Companies don't just "shut down innovation" for no reason. They do studies and its all about ROI. If they don't feel like it's making any worthwhile achievements they shut it down. Unless you have a list of what projects actually came from this 20% time, and what projects are actually being shut down, its just speculation. I would at least wait for Google employees to chime in on it before damning it.
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