Over at HR’s Brand New Experience, Regina Miller writes about a "hackathon" at Plaxo. Hackathon is not trying to break into other people’s computers, rather it’s a designated day where employees are free to work on creative new ideas (related to the company’s mission). I think this would be a great idea for us to adopt especially since we’re now focused on our constituents. We could also involve volunteers.
I could see small groups of employees coming together to discuss new ways to enhance RFL, patient services, etc. I wouldn’t recommend it for our busy season, but it might be worth a shot once or twice a year during less than busy times.
If we can devote the third Thursday of November to the Great American Smokeout, why not the second Wednesday of November to some version of a hackathon?