Things aren’t always what they appear to be. For instance, your marketing manager may appear to be playing candy crush on Facebook when she’s actually making note of the growth hacking techniques used to gain more players of the game than there are people living in Australia (true story).
Other times, things are exactly as they appear to be… like when your marketing manager appears to be taking a Facebook IQ test and she’s actually taking a Facebook IQ test.
My point being, I wouldn’t bat an eyelash at either, nor should you.
We learn things every day while at work…it’s only that it’s rarely done while we’re doing our jobs. We learn through reading blogs, through scanning our twitter feeds, from conversations with our co-workers or texts from our friends. I have long held the philosophy that if I need time for “research and development” I’m going to take it. On the clock. And I don’t feel the need to ask permission.
Why? I’m going to use the dark arts of mathematics and logic to make my case.
First, let’s make an assumption. Let’s assume that an employer is interesting in having informed employees who are well-prepared for the challenges of the future. Now, I’m going to ask you to take a small leap and agree that in order to be prepared for the future of business (whether it be in marketing, sales, engineering or medicine) a person needs to learn in an ongoing way. Still with me?
OK, so, when is this learning supposed to happen? On my personal time? What personal time?