Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!
Sanctuary Mesh Crew Tee- This sporty remix of the classic white tee is every bit as versatile!
You probably know by now that Zappos offers some of the best clothing brands in fashion, but did you know that we also have a flourishing Zappos Private Label collection featuring both of-the-moment trends and tried-and-true style staples?
To highlight some of our freshest Private Label offerings, Taylor, one of our awesome stylists put together a few summer looks (plus a couple of our favorite brands from The Seam!) that are ready to wear as early as tomorrow! Yup—all our clothing, including Private Label, get FREE next business day shipping if you order by 1pm PST. Pretty cool right?
Few eras in history have had the kind of enduring influence on fashion like the groovy ‘60s. One look around any music festival and it’s clear to see that the “flower power” vibes are alive and well.
Today’s iterations of the hippie lovechild look are definitely less about walking barefoot through fields of flowers and more about taking that carefree spirit and translating it in today’s diverse fashion landscape.
Check out our take on the ever-popular bohemian look below:
street style image source: WGSN
If you are just doing what you love, you are doing it wrong!
Okay, I apologize, that was kind of for shock value, but please let me explain it a little more by sharing my journey with you. A long time ago, I heard about the Confucius saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” So I thought that if someone paid me to do what I love (programming), I would have a job I loved. Do what you love. Simple, right? Wrong!
Just 1 of the 7
Wrong because I have experienced first-hand what it feels like to hate doing what you love. The first time it happened, I convinced myself it was because of the pay and the outdated technology. Surely, if I found a job with better pay and newer technologies, I would love it!
The second time it happened, it left me frustrated and made me question whether I truly loved coding. How is it possible to hate two different jobs that paid me to do what I thought I loved? I talked to some of my friends and realized I wasn’t alone. In fact, according to Gallup, “70% of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’.” Why are 7 out of 10 Americans not engaged? More importantly, how could I be one of the other three?
Not Even Zappos
Moving on, I decided to apply for a job at Zappos because of their culture. I figured, if I didn’t love working there, I probably didn’t truly love software engineering. I was pretty excited to get an offer from them to work on their Enterprise Data Warehouse team. I learned quite a bit on that team and worked with some really smart people, but still, I didn’t love what I was doing. Not even at Zappos!
Serendipity and Culture
I didn’t hate working at Zappos, but I didn’t love it either. I found that I enjoyed collaborating with fellow Zapponians and also liked the culture, but the work didn’t speak to me. I tried many different things working on various projects, then one day it clicked. Many random events led to me focusing all my efforts to quantify “culture” at Zappos, but how the heck does one measure culture?
The question really piqued my interest. I started working with a small group of people who asked themselves the same question. Going into it, I had no idea how we would measure culture. Thankfully, I was working with some pretty smart people and they knew where to look first. We started by asking Zapponians “why do you like working at Zappos?” The overwhelming response was other Zapponians, more specifically the relationships that they had within Zappos. Furthermore, we dug a little deeper, did some research, and found that there are actually three types of relationships that people have at work.
That’s great, relationships and culture, so what? What do relationships have to do with loving your job?
While trying to quantify culture, I really started enjoying my job. In fact, I came to love my job. Amazingly, it wasn’t just the coding that I enjoyed, I began to like doing things I normally dreaded. Things like reading lengthy research papers, giving presentations, sifting through spreadsheets…I loved all of it! Looking back, I realized the problem was that I spent way too much time looking for a job based on “what” I would be doing. When I should have been thinking about “who” I would be doing it with and “why” I would be doing it. Uh duh, or ah ha!
The 4 Ps
To summarize what I learned, I have distilled “loving your job” into 4 P’s and some related questions. I would be lying if I said this is the end-all-be-all of finding a job you love, but it would have helped me get there sooner.
What questions do you consider during interviews?
The Zappos Insider Program
We believe that you shouldn’t wait to create the first two relationships (people and purpose). We believe that before you even start at Zappos, you should know the people that you will be working with and what we are all about. We also want to get to know you and see where your passions align with ours. This is why we have created the Zappos Insider program. We want to help you answer questions like:
So does Zappos have the “secret sauce” all figured out? Nope. We are still experimenting and learning how to make Zappos a place people love to “work”.
Help us learn more quickly by sharing your experiences with jobs that you have loved! Leave a comment below OR tweet us: @insidezappos!
The kids are out of school and ready for some fun in the sun, and let’s be honest, so are you! First, make sure their summer wardrobe is as fresh as the day is long, with updates to your favorite staples like swimwear, tees, shorts & dresses.
Our Kids’ Shop is chock-full of brands they love and fun new styles for the summer!
Check out a few of our recent favorites:
Scala Headwear is a lifestyle brand inspired and motivated by the era when a hat was a staple in every person’s wardrobe. Since its inception, Scala has been at the forefront of making the long time tradition of hat wearing relevant for the modern times.
Uncompromised style and function, the fashionable yet practical line of accessories and hats combines current trends with thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship. From fine straw hats to felt dress hats, each silhouette is designed with distinctive style in mind. With superior UPF ratings, Scala’s accessories offer pack-ability for ease of travel and storage as well as cold weather protection without sacrificing style.
Here’s a story to brighten your day! ;) On May 29th, we completed a retrofit of the Zappos South Garage’s lighting by replacing the old, yellow high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures with bright white, energy-efficient induction lighting fixtures. The Zappos garage is quite large and offers parking for more than 600 cars.
Garage lighting retrofit projects are the ultimate low-hanging fruit in the sustainability world. In addition to providing superior illumination, the Zappos retrofit is projected to reduce the annual energy consumption of the garage by two thirds! That’s 323,000 kWh/year; the equivalent of roughly 25 homes and a reduction of 223 metric tons of CO2e emissions.
Induction lighting is really cool and dates back more than a century to when Nikola Tesla advanced the technology in the 1890s. Induction is unique because the power required to generate light is transferred from outside the lamp envelope to the gas inside via an electric or magnetic field. Benefits of induction include long life spans, low heat output and excellent color. The Zappos induction lamps are even more advanced. The lamps have two brightness levels, dimming controls, daylight sensors and occupancy sensors – reducing the “ON” hours and saving even more energy!
As we gear up to celebrate Independence Day, we can’t help but feel a surge of patriotic spirit, particularly when it comes to our outfit choices! Get ready to pay tribute to the good ol’ US of A this July 4th weekend with these perfectly patriotic picks brimming with pride for the “land of the free and the home of the brave”!