A friend of mine stopped in my office one day and he started a conversation about trying to help our division build or create free time in their week. Free time so folks can work on a personal blue sky project for a whole or half day. He told me something that blew the sweetener out of my coffee ( I like my coffee black), he said “of all the people I’ve spoken to, they have no idea nor are they interested in having free time at work to blue sky something”.
Now I’m no workaholic by any stretch, but I’ll pitch in if the dam is about to break, or if management says “go and do”. There are things work related that I want to devote time to but can’t during the normal 9-10 stretch each day. But after thinking more about this, maybe folks just want time to think about nothing; For example, no mental challenges, interacting with stuff we can’t ignore; not like turning off your smartphone, but more like turn off that TV inside your head that plays on some UHF channel static and all.
I’m actually rethinking my free time as well. What would you do if you had a free 1/2 or whole day on the clock to work on a personal project at your shop?