Quiet Time at Intel

Nathan Zeldes, an Intel engineer, has devoted his time and attention to taming the email beast at Intel. This past year, Nathan ran two pilots.

Three hundred engineers, at two U.S. sites, were in the pilot for Quiet Time. Every Tuesday morning, participants set email and I.M. clients to “offline,” forwarded phones to voicemail, refrained from setting up meetings, and put “do not disturb” signs in their doorways.

The impact of four hours of contiguous thinking time, as you might imagine, was amazing: Seventy-one percent of the participants recommended extending this program to other groups. Improvements in effectiveness, efficiency and quality of life were reported. Could your company benefit from Quiet Time? It’s something to think about—read more about it here.