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The workplace will never be a democracy

Paul Glen | Dec. 11, 2014
People in IT keep saying that they want democracy at work. But when you probe that idea, it completely falls apart.

If a representative democracy would be a disaster in the workplace, a non-representative democracy would be worse. If everyone had to have a say in all decisions, the organization would become one giant, sclerotic committee.

So let's stop saying we want democracy at work. If what we really want is to change how our workplaces operate and to be given more influence, then we need to be more articulate about those goals and how they could be practically implemented. Calling what we're seeking "democracy" just makes us look naive or foolish.


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