Google has long afforded its employees a unique period called “20% time”, in which Google employees are permitted to work on their own personal projects. Many of these projects later become actual Google products, and it looks like Apple is looking to follow suit.
Apple is reportedly in the beginnings of something similar, currently named “Blue Sky Project.” According to Jessica Lesin of The Wall Street Journal’s News Hub, a small group of Apple employees will be afforded 2 weeks out of the year to pursue their own personal side-projects.
It has been speculated by Lessin that Apple may be launching this program in order to reduce the amount of employees that leave Apple, but it also may be a big part of the future of Apple under Tim Cook.
Allowing employees time to work on personal projects has long been a staple of Silicon Valley tech companies, but “Blue Sky Project” would mark Apple’s first foray into this arena.
Personally, I think allowing employees to work on personal projects could greatly benefit Apple in terms of innovation. Do you think we will actually be able to trace back a new Apple project to “Blue Sky Project” free time in the next few years? Let us know in the comments!