Zone out to get ahead

10/26/2009 | Harvard Business Review online

Bosses should encourage their workers to spend more time letting their thoughts wander, Gina Trapani writes. From Bill Gates' biannual "think week" to Google's 20% time, during which engineers can work on projects of their own devising, scheduling regular downtime helps boost innovation and productivity across the workforce. "Our best creative work is done in times of reflection and idleness," Trapani writes.

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