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 related to our work
- Mentor a teammate and teach them a skill
These are "investment Fridays", because we expect the work done during this time to have a tangible return on our clients or Nebulab. Investment Fridays are not the time to work on personal open source projects or "relax time" you can use to chill. On the other hand, we also don't expect investments to have an immediate return and we understand some projects might take longer than others to complete, so we trust you to use your judgment.
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 you'll be fine as long as you keep it simple!
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 investment 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.