Listen to Your Critics


This month Amazon made headlines as it announced they would raise minimum wage across the country to $15/hour. Many were thrilled by this announcement, and leaders like Bernie Sanders applauded the company’s move to improve wages for entry level workers. “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”

Amazon receives plenty of criticism, as do most large companies. By listening and carefully examining the credibility of the criticism, Amazon was able to make a change that will likely benefit themselves as well as their entry level employees.

Getting needlessly hung up on all the critics around us will not help, but the ability to gracefully accept correction and criticism can be the best catalyst to self-improvement. This holds true for individuals and companies.

As a procurement solutions company, we always focus closely on feedback from our users. Vroozi was founded on the idea that procurement should be easy and accessible. If we fall short, we need to know. Our procurement software is constantly updated to fit the needs of the users. Without listening to our critics feedback, our software and solutions would never improve.

The next time you receive criticism, disconnect from the emotional side of the critique and ask yourself if there may be some basis to the feedback. Consider how you can use that feedback to improve yourself. Choose how you want to move forward and move on. You are in the driver’s seat of your own progress.

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Source: BusinessWire, Amazon Raises Minimum Wage to $15 for All U.S. Employees, Including Full-Time, Part-Time, Temporary, and Seasonal