leadership is making people betterWorldBlu, a company specializing in democratic organizational design, today announced it is has certified 41 organizations as part of the eighth annual WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™, published annually on “Democracy in the Workplace Day.”

“WorldBlu-certified organizations model how freedom and democracy in the workplace unleashes the human spirit in order to build high performing companies that change the world for the better.”

“People would rather work in organizations that are based on freedom and democracy rather than fear and control,” comments WorldBlu Founder and CEO, Traci Fenton. “WorldBlu-certified organizations model how freedom and democracy in the workplace unleashes the human spirit in order to build high performing companies that change the world for the better.”

Pile of colorful paper notes with word "Common Sense".Well-known companies to make the WorldBlu List include Zappos.com, Menlo Innovations, New Belgium Brewery, DaVita, Podio, and The WD-40 Company. The organizations ranged in size from five to 65,000 employees representing over $13 billion in combined annual revenue. For-profit and non-profit organizations from across the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Malaysia, Haiti, New Zealand, Belgium and Romania made the WorldBlu List from a diversity of industries including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, agriculture and services.

Examples of organizational democracy include Future Considerations, where they vote for their CEO, Productivity Associates, where they share financial information on a big-screen TV in their lobby, and NixonMcInnes, where they have a ‘Money Gang’ that fairly and openly determines employees’ salaries.

Organizations become eligible for a spot on the WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™ after employees complete The WorldBlu Design Assessment™, a survey evaluating their practice of the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy™, with an overall combined score of 3.5/5 or higher. The WorldBlu Design Assessment™ was developed based on a decade of research into what makes a successful democratic company. Organizations from the for-profit and non-profit sectors that have been in operation for at least one full year and have five or more employees can apply for WorldBlu certification.

About WorldBlu

Founded in 1997, WorldBlu is a global community of individuals and organizations from over 80 countries committed to practicing freedom and democracy in the workplace. WorldBlu’s vision is to see one billion people working in freedom.

What do you think?

Do you live in an democratic society and find that the work opportunities in your culture reflect something less than empowering and democratic?  Share your thoughts below.