Every year, on February 14th, we break out the cake and celebrate the anniversary of the day Fitzii decided to do without any “management” roles in our company.
When we began this journey into self-management four years ago we had very high expectations about the difference it would make.
Somehow, the reality has been even better than we hoped.
In our last employee engagement survey 100% agreed that Fitzii is a “great place to work”. To expand on that, our people wrote love letters to Fitzii that describe the many things we love about working here.
Anna: Dear Fitzii – I love you because being part of Fitzii means being part of an amazing team and feeling supported, and empowered, every day. I love you because working together to advance meaningful work for yourself and others feels incredibly satisfying. It’s also very satisfying to work somewhere your development both personally and professionally really matters. Finally, I love you because every day I come in to work, I leave having learned valuable lessons that I’m able to apply to my work and my life outside work. – Fitzii, I’m yours.
Freed from work’s bondage
Meaning and purpose abound
Fitzii makes work love
Chris: I love Fitzii because I get the opportunity to work with a great group of people while making a difference and truly finding meaningful work. It has encouraged me to bring my strengths AND weakness’s everyday along with my whole self. It has given a safe place to express my thoughts, feelings and emotions without the fear of being judged. Fitzii, I have spent my life looking for you – and now I found you. Let’s get married ❤️
Matt: I love Fitzii because it’s made me a better person. The “bring your whole self to work” bit really sets an expectation that you’ll bring your strengths AND weaknesses. I’ve become more self-aware. I don’t hide my weaknesses like I used to (from myself and others), and facing that truth with this supportive team that cares about me makes personal growth almost irresistible.
Yuvaraj: I love Fitzii because I can completely be “me, myself and I”. I’m always given great advice and honest feedback, and no matter how others see me, I always feel special here.
Pradnya: Coming out of a 2 year break after 18 years working for several large organizations, I was welcomed by folks who felt more like family than colleagues, into a workplace that felt more like home than an office, into a culture that let me be me, without judgement or discrimination. I love Fitzii because for the first time in my career, a company encourages me to bring to work the exact same person I am outside the workplace – no need to worry about putting on a “work mask”, or talk through a filter.
James: Fitzii, I love how you welcome our whole broken selves, surround us with an empathetic and wise community, and encourage us on a path to healing, purpose, and growth. Fitzii, you make me want to be a better man.
Edwin: I believe that the purpose of life is to grow, and my definition of love is when a person proactively helps another to grow, without expectation or attachment. What I value most about Fitzii was described perfectly by Kahlil Gibran when he wrote: “Work is love made visible”. At Fitzii, we don’t get work done through people, we get people done through work. That, to me, is love made visible. Fitzii has been and continues to be the greatest growth experience that I have ever been a part of (or even could imagine).
Shannon B: I love Fitzii for making me hold myself accountable to being a better person both professionally and personally. Having worked in a traditional environment the shift in coming to the Fitzii team has been to push myself to watch my impact on others and aim to think about the group and not just myself. And it makes me want to come to work each day to work with amazing individuals and a team with big, lofty goals where we are supporting each other to get there. Thank you, Fitzii, for sharing the love each and every day with me.
Luz: Building a beautiful business with a motley crew of people who both accept each other’s humanity, and hold each other accountable to higher purpose and personal growth, is one of the most exciting and satisfying things I’ve ever done in my life. In the process, I feel like I’ve become more human and experienced deeply connected relationships. That’s my idea of meaningful work!
Lori: Is it possible to say this just feels right? How do you really know? I think when you follow your heart and your passions you can find people and work that is compelling and you feel connected. Fitzii is a lot about creating that “story”. One that involves a journey of clients, heroes, peers and your own inner work. Sharing the love of who we are at Fitzii feels like paying it forward every day with each other and the world of small business.
Greg: My love for Fitzii is all about engagement, which for me has never been nearly so high at any other job. It’s driven by lots of factors, like:
- self-management promotes autonomy and responsibility,
- I get to work on interesting problems every single day,
- Fitzii and the broader company are purpose-driven, and leadership cultivates this continually,
- And, probably most of all, a team of capable, bright, self-aware and fun-loving people makes dealing with peers a pleasure.
Shannon T: One of my favorite things about you Fitzii is covered in a quote by Simon Sinek: “A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other”. Fitzii you and I “dated” for a long time and then finally decided to get “married”! One of the most wonderful things I have decided to do was to share my life & heart with you Fitzii!
Jenny: I love Fitzii because not only do I get to be a part of an incredible team passionate about meaningful work, but we also get to connect job seekers to their own meaningful work! I’m encouraged to bring my whole self to work each day, and I can see how this is making me a better person. It’s increasing my confidence, and it creates opportunities for personal growth. Thank you Fitzii, for letting me find meaning, be my whole self, and making me feel safe and supported as I learn more about myself and continue to grow.
Carla: I love Fitzii for creating a workplace that is safe and supportive, so that not only can we bring our WHOLE self to work, but where works helps us be our BEST self.
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