Fridays are our time for personal and collective growth. On Fridays, we do not work on clients. Instead, we focus on initiatives that improve our skills or contribute to the community or the company. Here are some ideas for Friday work:
- Write a post for our blog
- Contribute to an open source project
- Study a new tool/technology
- Come up with a tweet to publish
- Follow an online course
- Mentor a teammate and teach them a skill
If you come up with an idea and you're not sure whether it's a good candidate for Friday time, your mentor will be able to help you.
Every three months, we host a Demo Friday. We all get on a video call and present our work to the company in a series of 5-minute lightning talks. If needed, your mentor will help you prepare for this demo, but as a rule of thumb keep it simple and you'll be fine!
Demo Fridays are recorded in case anyone was not able to attend but still wants to know what the rest of the team is up to.
To know when the next Demo Friday will be hosted, please take a look at your Nebulab calendar. You should find a recurring event shared with everyone in the company.
Reconciling client work and Friday time
Our first responsibility is towards our amazing clients, who have been kind enough to give up 20% of the workweek so that we could focus on our growth.
If, for any reason, you were not able to provide the allotted amount of hours, you will need to make up for the lost time on Friday. This rule usually includes any work time that is lost because of national holidays, conferences, retreats or paid time off.
When one or multiple of these events occur, you should skip up to and not more than two study Fridays to make up for the lost time. If you're in doubt or dealing with some special event, ask your mentor how many study Fridays you should skip.
There might also be sensitive periods of the year (e.g. the days immediately before and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday) during which clients might need more support than usual, in which case we will temporarily give up our Friday time to ensure they have all the help they need.