In it’s early years, as the company was experiencing astronomical growth, then-Google executive Marissa Mayer started executing a technique she picked up while teaching computer science at Stanford.
At 4 p.m., for 90 minutes each day, Mayer held office hours.
Employees could put their name on a board posted outside her office to reserve a chunk of this time.
“Many of our most technologically interesting products have shown up during office hours,” Mayer, now President and CEO of Yahoo, said in 2006.
The idea for Google News, for example, was first discussed in one of these sessions. Mayer was reportedly able to fit in 15 meetings per day averaging seven minutes per person.
Many other successful managers and entrepreneurs have celebrated the benefits of holding open office hour sessions, a concept that has roots in academia.
Apart from having their internal tool called Google Snippet, Google’s Management techniques are different than other companies.
The Office Hours Pioneers