Google’s goofing off policy is dead, or so it was reported in 2013. I suppose that is not surprising for a company on the stock exchange. What is surprising is that it has taken so long, as the company was floated in 2004.
It isn’t really about goofing off. It is just that the company encourages workers to spend 20% of their paid time to follow their own ideas, under the umbrella of the company. That’s one day a week, or one week a month away from the grind in order to be creative. Gmail was a 20% project.
What made Google a good proposition for buying is now being killed of by those who bought the shares.
Not that I know a lot about business ethics. But that isn’t the point of this blog. I have been looking through the book of Hebrews in the Bible, and the writer goes off on a tangent about rest:
After a quote of Psalm 95 the writer mentions entering the rest of God. Then he sums up the first portion of his book like this:
Therefore, let’s make every effort to enter that rest so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience, because God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions. No creature is hidden from it, but rather everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we have to give an answer.
Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son; because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.
Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favour with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help. Hebrews 4:11-16 CEB (American spellings changed by me.)
I’ve been thinking about this rest thing. Another blogger, Eddie Green blogged about this a week ago. He says churches do not grow because they are too busy.
Not just the clergy and paid church workers either, but that vast army of people who hold down a full time job and then work for the church. What Eddie Green is saying is because everyone is so busy there is no capacity to do anything more. No one has any time to have their own side projects attached to the church. If people have ideas they are unable to pursue them.
So here’s an idea. Next year instead of doing more in the church and making things even more hectic why not do less instead of more, look at the side projects we have been thinking about, take time to imagine, for ideas, and to take things further than the idea stage without the pressure of all the jobs we now do.
Yes I’m talking about giving up church for Lent. I could be a great idea.