The effectiveness of business is provided by people. Therefore, it is important that people push themselves further and faster through personal development. Let's see how important it is on the example of an outstanding shoe retailer Zappos, where one of the core values is pursuing growth and learning of employees.
While some companies discuss the balance between work and personal life, #Zappos talk about their integration. The boundary between personal and working goals is blurred. If a person develops, Zappos believes that it benefits not only his life, but the growth of the company too.
Here are some insights from the CEO Tony Hsieh:
✔️We encourage Zappos employees to use the corporate library: it promotes both personal and professional growth. Many books influenced our thinking and helped Zappos to occupy its present position.
✔️It's important to constantly challenge and stretch yourself, and not be stuck in a job where you don't feel like you are growing or learning. We believe that inside every employee is more potential than even the employee himself/herself realizes. Our goal is to help employees unlock that potential. But it has to be a joint effort: You have to want to challenge and stretch yourself in order for it to happen.
✔️A group of trained professionals hosts more than 40 classes to help improve morale and career development. Courses range from career and interdepartmental training to personal development programs such as strengthsfinder, the science of happiness, and optimism.
✔️Raises at Zappos come from building skills and capabilities. Employees pass skill tests and receive pay raises.
Remember, you can't change the world around you without changing yourself. Continuing to perform the same actions every day, you can’t get another result. If you want to improve the quality of your life and business, start with the development of yourself.