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James Niemann

Free Time & Productivity

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9/26/2013 11:44:32 AM
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Re: Enterprise social networking and collaboration
@goafrit2 - Every firm must have its unique culture and way of doing things. Yes, quite so - some are good, and some, not so much. But yes, when the policy is structured properly, you can get good results - which in practical terms usually means high productivity, lots of innovation, and high profits.

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goafrit2
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9/25/2013 12:53:26 AM
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Re: Enterprise social networking and collaboration
>> So making it a company wide policy/mandate (and I hate to call it that as it sounds so formal and pushy) would surely help improve productivity

Industries and companies vary. Apple under Steve Jobs was heaviliy secretive and authoritative but yet succeeded. That does not mean any company can do the same and have similar results. Every firm must have its unique culture and way of doing things.

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goafrit2
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9/25/2013 12:51:07 AM
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Re: sleep - free time
>> @RedDerek - here too - I've solved engineering problems in my sleep 

That is true- there are cases when you think through problems even when you are driving from work. It all depends on how you care about the company and the assignment. I always have my notes in case something comes up to note it. When the mind is free, it can think freely and innovation can follow.

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WKetel
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9/22/2013 4:52:28 PM
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Re: The benefits from free time depend on the goals.
At several different jobs we have had the ability to meet totally informally with the other engineers to figure out solutions to challenges and to decide on a best solution and ways to do things. It was not truly free time because we were working on current projects, but it was completely unstructured time. It was also quite beneficial in that it provided quite a few solutions and cost reductions. So our managers chose to let it continue.

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B_Albing
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9/22/2013 1:47:37 PM
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Re: The benefits from free time depend on the goals.
@WKetel - this is why it's better to be an design engineer than just about any other job.

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9/22/2013 1:45:15 PM
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Re: All in good time
@goafrit2 - quite right - you need some minimum level of resources (natural and man-made) to work with so that you can proceed from there to "pull yourself up by your bootstraps."

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9/22/2013 1:41:56 PM
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Re: All in good time
@VB - to your point about more/not better - yep, I've had jobs where all that mattered was that you hit certain numbers. The quality was virtually irrelevant - just make sure you hit a certain quantity. Seems silly in retrospect.

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9/22/2013 1:38:46 PM
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Re: sleep - free time
@eafpres - tying this in to my other comment - I've read that a midday nap (if held to about 20 minutes) is highly useful and can increase productivity significantly.

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9/22/2013 1:36:39 PM
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Re: sleep - free time
@RedDerek - here too - I've solved engineering problems in my sleep (tho' not at work - they get cranky about napping during bidness hours).

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9/22/2013 1:35:02 PM
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Re: Enterprise social networking and collaboration
So making it a company wide policy/mandate (and I hate to call it that as it sounds so formal and pushy) would surely help improve productivity.

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