‘Blue Sky Project’ gives Apple employees time to work on their own special projects

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!

Via: TNW

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  • jrpetersjr

    Well, considering some of the best stuff from Google was from the 20% project its about time Apple started doing it.

  • jrpetersjr

    Well, considering some of the best stuff from Google was from the 20% project (gmail) its about time Apple started doing it.

  • http://www.SideProjectSociety.com/ GeorgeZ

    Its no clearly mystery as to how valuable it can be for employees to nurture their creativity and passion outside of daily work. Only good things can happen if we’re encouraged to engage with our passions. 
     
    Thats why we created http://www.SideProjectSociety.com - a community for those who want to be their creative best. In addition to resources to get people going, every week we showcase exclusive behind the scenes interviews with creators and their inspiring side projects.
     
    Its a go-to resource and weekly kick of inspiration for anybody who is considering working on their own project. Hopefully Apple continues to support their employees personal passions!