‘Serendipity Day’

Everyone needs a break now and then. As employees, it’s common for us to fall into a ‘rut’ if we practice the same day-to-day routines while working on the same ol’ projects. As expressed in a Ragan Communications Inc blog post by Matt Wilson, smart companies have found a way to increase creative energy and productivity by completely ignoring manager’s priority task lists…

NPR calls it ‘Serendipity Day’. Also known as the day you can work on whatever you want. This glorious event gives members of the technological staff the freedom to work on projects that would otherwise never see the top of the team’s to-do list. Sarah Lumbard, NPR’s senior director of product strategy recalled,  “The energy level in the room just went through the roof. And the biggest thing we heard from our team is, ‘When are we doing this again?'”

The result? NPR’s first ‘Serendipity Day’ not only increased employee engagement, but it also inspired 25 new ideas from the tech team.

‘Serendipity Day’ – 1     Monotonous Work Week – 0

[Erin Sheffer]

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