Organizational democracy is more than a powerful idea; it's a proven system for developing highly effective organizations around the world. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, networked, and fast-paced, organizational democracy is an even more compelling answer to how to organize business today.
Companies choose organizational democracy not just because they believe in democracy, but also because they believe it is the best organizational and leadership strategy to help them achieve their business goals. Listed below are the top ten reasons we've found why companies embrace organizational democracy.
Unlike command-and-control structures, organizational democracy, by definition, is a living system designed to handle and adapt to perpetual growth and change.
This allows them to better integrate and engage with the macro-level systems around them.
By aligning employee talents with meaningful work, democratic organizations give people a place to express their individuality, inspiring workers to do their best.
Because democratic organizations operate on trust, adult-to-adult relationships, and access to information, there is less of a need for layers of bureaucracy, inefficient interactions, and useless chatter, all of which are forms of waste.
Because democratic organizations generate a sense of ownership from employeess, who are actively involved in key decision-making processes, the implementation stage is often much more successful.
With clear lines of accountability, open access to relevant financial information, minimal waste, and streamlined execution, democratic organizations are more aligned to achieve bottom-line goals without tramping on an employee's desire for work-life balance.
Democratic organizations are more likely to see employees as people rather than a means to an end. They give employees a healthy and constructive framework to guide their interactions and relationships, and they value work-life balance. For these organizations, democracy is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a way of working together.
Where would you rather work? Most people would choose an environment where their voice matters, where their work is in alignment their talents, where they have the information they need to make intelligent decisions, and where they like the people with whom they work.
Because democratic organizations cultivate leadership at every point throughout the organization, they are more sustainable and less susceptible to becoming unstable when there are changes in senior management or the marketplace.
Democratic organizations create an environment that enhances people's lives, with benefits rippling out beyond an organization's walls to better families, communities, and countries.