What do you think about encouraging employees to learn coding?
ncharles 2 years ago
I read an article in Slate that talked about a free project from Codecademy called "Code Year". It is basically a year long program to teach the basics of programming to people without tech backgrounds. It requires a commitment to at least one lesson per week, with each lesson requiring about 5 hours. I personally think having employees understand a little about what those magic boxes on their desks are actually doing would be a good thing, and prevent a lot of resources being spent on fixing problems caused by ignorance. It would be a hard sell, but I'm thinking of trying to encourage employees to take the course, perhaps even allowing them to spend .5 hour per day at work on it. That would still require a little more than 2 hours of effort outside of the office by employees, but that seems fair since both the company and the employee would benefit. What do you think? Is this a good, workable idea, or is there no way it will fly?
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