in-day: noun A day each month when LinkedIn employees take a break from their daily tasks and inspire each other, learn something new and give back to the community. inDay at LinkedIn began in July of 2010 and was the focus of Team Inspire (Meg Garlinghouse, MaryAnne Viegelmann, and myself) in 2011. Each month inDay has a theme which gives employees a suggested team direction and vision on how we could spend our day.
Themes in 2011 included Innovation, Play, Culture, Community, and Career. Some spend the entire day volunteering, some hosting a 90-minute workshop sharing their career expertise with others, while others spent the time hacking new product and productivity ideas. It’s not about what we do or how long but just that we take a step back from the grind of the task list and choose a worthy cause we’re most passionate about. Personally, my highlights for 2011 inDays are: