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Hacking the office microwave: How down time ups innovation

Wednesday, October 2, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandy Thomas
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Hoping to boost innovation, an employer asked employees to spend a day working on anything they wanted. One group of engineers built a system of sensors that allowed workers to see from their desks if the office microwave was free — in the process creating a new office perk that likely cut down on trips back and forth to the break room.

It might not have been quite the innovation the employer was hoping for, but the anecdote — shared by Julia Kanouse, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association, about a member employer — contains an important lesson: Employees need to have freedom to actually experiment.

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