“On January 1, IBM rolled out companywide “ThinkFridays,” a block of Friday
afternoon time free of nonessential meetings and interruptions.
(Workers in the U.S. also try to honor ThinkFridays overseas.) IBM
programmers, who are spread across three continents, started using
ThinkFridays a year ago to research new technologies or work on papers
or patents, says Tim Donofrio, an IBM vice president. He says it’s “a
mental break from the endless phone calls, e-mail and instant
messages,” enabling employees to get done at least some of the work
that tends to get pushed into nights or weekends.”
Sounds great – I just hope the IBM guys and girls don’t spend too much time building their Second Life communities when they should be in developing innovative new products in First Life.
[image: IBM in Second Life]