Zappos corporate culture is frequently looked at as a model in creativity. Mig Pascual, content developer for Zappos Insights, gave a great look into how the Zappos family keeps its employees engaged. Not surprisingly, creativity runs high on the list.
Here’s an excerpt of Pascual’s article, Zappos: 5 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Keeping Employees Engaged.
“Let employees explore their passions and express creativity.
While we recruit for culture and technical fit for the job, there are many opportunities for employees to also explore their passions and find their calling or purpose at work. For example, one employee who started out in the mail room has a passion for improv comedy. Over the years, she worked her way through the company and combined her interests with corporate training. She's now a senior trainer, teaching classes on public speaking, improv, and team building—combining her passions with her work.
Every quarter, Zappos organizes a four-hour, all-hands company meeting, which is like a high school play mixed with presentations about company updates. At this meeting, employees have an opportunity to showcase their talents on stage, whether playing an instrument, dancing, or singing. It may be perceived as all fun and games, but this production also has a huge team-building component that requires employees from all departments to collaborate and organize."
Combining performing arts skills with business practices is something we’re familiar with, and have seen increased conversation about. Just last month Americans for the Arts honored James S. Turley, Global Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young, with the BCA Leadership Award. Turley has spoken highly about what a theatre education did for his confidence in presenting professionally.
Here’s a quote from Turley on theatre education, “Tomorrow’s workforce must act confidently, communicate effectively and think creatively - all qualities that can be enhanced through arts and theatre education.”
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