Capital One Encourages Investing in Yourself

Originally published at Capital One ranked No. 22 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.


It’s no secret that carving out time for professional development can be quite difficult. These days, the ability to slow down and focus on yourself is especially important. People always come first, and associate well-being and development are a top priority, whether it’s a tech leader who is a working mother or a software engineer supplying much needed PPE at the beginning of the pandemic. Now more than ever, leaders at Capital One are encouraging associates to remember how important it is to do the things they enjoy and work on developing their whole selves.

With the Technology organization’s newly launched “Invest in Yourself Day,” self-care, learning and development are top of mind for associates. One Friday each month is dedicated to associates to spend the day focusing on themselves — however they choose. There are no meetings or calendar holds, just a blank canvas to plan the day on. And associates can take advantage of this time not just to learn new skills, but to focus on their families, their health and their homes.

“Investing in yourself is one of the best returns on investment you can have,” says Heather Winkle, MVP of Design. “This is even more apparent in this COVID environment where lines between work and home have blurred and your time and energy are tapped in different and unexpected ways.”