Democracy at Work - Part 2

A few year's ago, I remember a Vice President saying, "This is not a democracy." He was talking to an audience of employees at a town hall meeting. The topic was the sale of the company. The question that had been asked by an employee was why the employees had not been consulted.

Can you have democracy at work? I blogged about this once before, back in 2005. My point of view then, and now, is that it's not very likely. Why? Because most organizations and their leaders are not wired that way.

But, if you could have democracy at work, what would it look like?

Apparently there are many who think you can have democracy at work, including a consultancy called Worldblu. Some are gathering soon at a conference, according to Michael Stallard.

Worldblu envisions a democratic workplace as one where people are treated well, with openness, two-way communication, and fairness.

These are great principles. But they aren't going to happen unless there is a real commitment on the part of the organization's leaders.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, October 5, 2008


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