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What do you think about having unlimited study time as a policy at work? It can be anything, whether it's studying for actuarial exams, grad school, learning new tech, or whatever.

One pro I see is that we're all adults here, and it kind of gets annoying to be nagged on how we're spending our hours. We've got work objectives in addition to personal development goals, and perhaps we should have the freedom to allocate how we use our hours to achieve them.

Another pro I see is that most of the time, reporting study hours (if done at all) seems to be based on an honors system, and it would take a lot of effort to really verify whether an employee is telling the truth. I think most managers don't bother unless work goals aren't being met. Adopting unlimited study hours may just make official what has already been in practice.

On the other hand, I see that unlimited perks tend to become no perks in practice under demanding work environments. In this case, maybe mandatory or minimum study hours are better.

Another old school rebuttal is I suppose maybe some students just can't be trusted with their time. I believe this problem can be taken care of by having reasonable production goals as part of their expectations.
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From a management perspective, there's lots of reasons to have hours, but one is the perception of "fairness" which is important. If you tell people to take 100 hours (or whatever) and they say they take 100, and the person in the next cubicle also takes 100, everybody feels a little better about how they're being treated "fairly". This gets wiped out with unlimited.

It's not the worst idea. I can think of different companies I've worked at where I think it would have been better, and where it would have been worse, than the actual policies that were in play.
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I've heard of unlimited vacation, I guess you could study on that time if you want
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Are you referring to unlimited PAID study hours at the same rate as actual PAID work hours?
Sounds like a dumb idea.

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Are you referring to unlimited PAID study hours at the same rate as actual PAID work hours?
Sounds like a dumb idea.

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I don't think it's dumb because you are investing in your employees. And, as long as they get their quarterlies done or whatever it is you assign them, are you going to track their hours with precision? Do you even care?
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I've heard of unlimited vacation, I guess you could study on that time if you want
I suppose if your company has that policy, in practice that would also amount to unlimited study time. Clearcover does this.
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idk how i could've been able to utilize this with the work i gotta do
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You're free to study as much as you want as long as you put in 60 hrs/week
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yeah, i view this the same as "unlimited vacation days". i don't like the idea of either because it could easily result in less of both. i like a set amount.
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HRs gonna be like "That is unfair to non actuarial employees who have nothing to study for!"
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