Some distinguished companies can offer bright examples of lifelong learning, from which you can learn a lot.
Google, for example, has a famous 20% policy
that has been in use since as early as the 2000s. It means that all the company’s employees are not only permitted but even highly encouraged to spend approximately 20% of their work time on their side projects. They polish their work skills and increase their work satisfaction greatly, generating new ideas constantly and creating their own projects. Google benefits from it directly: it obtains a high-quality workforce with a great flow of innovative ideas and can buy the best of these side projects, enriching itself even further.
The result is clearly visible to everyone: it’s hard to imagine
a more innovative company than Google.
Other companies also build a rich culture of lifelong learning. IBM sees it as its key objective
and has a vast online course library for its employees. Knowledge acquisition and mentorship are highly welcomed and rewarded in the company, so its level of technological competency remains very high. The result is also can clearly be seen: IBM is the leading company in quantum computing research
, a knowledge-intensive and highly prospective field that will probably explode in the next few years.