The Tony Hsieh Award returns for its second year. here’s what you need to know

The Tony Hsieh Award, named after the late Zappos CEO, returns for its second year. With the goal of remembering Hsieh’s legacy, the company seeks to recognize innovative entrepreneurs who are rediscovering the workplace.

After Hsieh passed away in November 2020 at the age of just 46, a group of his friends and colleagues created an award program named after him. In addition to popularizing the concept of “delivering pleasure” and novel customer service techniques, Hsieh was known for using a holocracy management structure, or a decentralized system that encourages employee input and changes job titles and traditional hierarchical practices. The workplace eschews standards.

The award honors those who apply innovative technologies towards enhancing the work and employee experience and unlocking the full potential of an individual.

“We are looking for changemakers who are challenging traditional ways of managing people and through this the benefits that lead to productivity, connectedness, overall quality of life will ultimately change the way we all work. and can change perspective and perception of what a workplace can be,” says Michelle van Reuven, executive director of the Tony Hsieh Prize.

The app consists of three questions, inviting entrepreneurs to share novel practices or innovations within their workplace culture. There are no applicant restrictions, which means anyone interested is encouraged to apply.

A group of eight volunteers, a combination of leaders in the fields of talent and development, will judge the applications.

The winner of the award will receive a ticket to the annual TED convention, worth $15,000, along with opportunities to network and build partnerships. Last year’s winners included three companies: ET Group, a technology company in Canada, JA Worldwide, a Boston-based non-governmental organization serving young entrepreneurs, and Mountain View, a private property development and real estate in Egypt. investment firm. All three were celebrated for their innovative work models, which included anything from holocaust to decentralization and even self-determined pay.

Van Ruyven says the judges want to decide on a winner this year, unless there’s a scenario where it’s a really close call. According to van Ruyven, there were about 100 applicants last year.

She adds that they are looking for applicants who are “running the four-minute mile in a way that others can learn from, improve upon, and repeat.” The awards program intends to elevate the winner and share the winner’s strategies to inspire other leaders, organizations and entrepreneurs in a way that ultimately “adds to and continues Tony’s legacy, and what he is for.” was standing.”

It’s free In order to apply, Applications are due by September 9 and a winner will be announced a month later.