At the end of last year, René Redzepi wowed us with the announcement that Noma would offer three-month sabbaticals to team members following a certain number of years of service. Few organisations might be able (or willing) to emulate that level of investment in staff wellbeing, but we can all take something away from the principle: that “leaning” and “cleaning” are equally essential for success.
It might be tempting to take the view that Noma can afford to do it. My invitation to you is to look at it this way: at that level of creativity, can they afford not to?
Over the next few weeks, we will explore how spaciousness – even stepping away from your work for a brief moment – impacts the creative process.