Does anyone read up at work?

Dec 2, 2019 11 Comments

I found this unjustified discomfort in reading tech books that don't directly apply to my work in the office. Something like Designing Data Intensive Applications would help you to evolve as an engineer the benefits of which will positively impact your work and projects you work on in the longer term, but might not add any immediate value to your short term deliverables at work. Still, would you take out time during your work-hours to read such books, and if yes where do you read them?

However, I have seen folks take online courses or read up blogs of similar nature during work. But as long as it is on the computer screen and not a book, it seems to go unnoticed and not talked about.

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  • Facebook
    FabB

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    Google, Microsoft
    FabBmore
    I've seen people do it. Honestly, I started respecting them a bit more for doing what they think is right.
    Dec 2, 2019 0
  • Facebook
    FabB

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    Google, Microsoft
    FabBmore
    I think it's a good idea to take time for self-improvement. Courses at work - definitely. Books - I haven't done it myself, but see nothing wrong with it.
    Dec 2, 2019 2
    • Yelp JMP2
      What kind of courses do you take?
      Dec 2, 2019
    • Facebook
      FabB

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      FabBmore
      Mostly whatever the company provides on leadership, communication, etc.
      Dec 2, 2019
  • Microsoft kericat 🏏
    I don't understand "unnoticed" part. In SW companies why would some1 bother if I am reading. My CEO wrote a book and gave me to read...your CEO started by selling book...face has "book".... Execute your work the way you want at your desk/cube/office/home
    Still uncomfortable.. book a room.
    Dec 2, 2019 0
  • LinkedIn Tendulkar9
    I usually sit somewhere away from my desk. Friday’s just do it at the desk.

    Miss the old cubicles
    Dec 2, 2019 0
  • Cadence / R&D no n
    Ditto I feel only screen feels right at work
    Dec 2, 2019 0
  • Sony / Data
    iXgsmg

    Sony Data

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    iXgsmgmore
    reading the book on screen would solve the issue but I would so love to do work while not looking at a screen
    Dec 2, 2019 2
    • Sony / Data
      iXgsmg

      Sony Data

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      iXgsmgmore
      I think it would be a great initiative to make room for non screen time at work
      Dec 2, 2019
    • Amazon avgKid
      OP
      Only viable alternative i see is a projector, mate :)
      Dec 3, 2019
  • Amazon ajWr25
    I read tech books at lunch if I'm not with coworkers or for a 15-30 min break in the afternoon
    Dec 2, 2019 0

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