Google has reportedly ended its '20% time' for creative work scheme to its employers which allowed them to work on side projects. This has left many employees in a tizzy, making them totally work bound.
According to the Huffington Post, Google’s famous perk has not been officially acknowledged by the management to be moribund.
The report said that Google’s founders had cited this 20% of time as instrumental to the company’s ability to innovate which led to the incubation of ventures like Gmail, Google Transit, Google Talk, and Google News, among other projects.
Google’s previous policy allowed all Googlers time to work on independent project, however, the new rule requires employees to get approval from the management based on the productivity of their respective teams.
CEO Larry Page had also announced a strategy that would put more of Google’s resources and employees behind a smaller number of projects which meant a closure to the Google Labs and ultimately compromising upon the creative time.
Recently, Forbes list of most innovative companies placed Google at a disappointing number 47 booted down by lesser known companies which includes coffee chain Starbucks, thereby highlighting how tech giants are increasingly losing out on their creative streak.