Family Friday

March 29, 2009

We recently implemented Family Friday at my office.  It’s an idea from my Army days where we would leave early one day a week.  Our office chose Friday.  So each Friday we leave at 3 instead of 5.  It allows everyone to beat the rush hour traffic, get a jump on their weekend, and spend a bit more time with their family.

Morale has instantly increased on those days.  I’ve gotten several comments from our team about this being a great thing.  Best of all is that it is really free for the company to do.  I have found that everyone still gets their job done and that customer calls or anything that happens after 3 still gets handled.

So next time you are looking for a free way to boost morale, add Family Friday to your list of benefits of working for your company.  Your team will love it and it won’t cost you anything.

We are now thinking about no email Friday.  That’s a tip from one of our folks right out of the new What Would Google Do book.  I think it’s an interesting idea.  The concept is that you don’t send email internally on that day.  Of course some departments will still have to in order to communicate with clients, partners, and vendors but a lot of the company can go without for a whole day.