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NixonMcInnes on the Worldblu list of most democratic workplaces in the world


We’re chuffed as hell to have been accepted onto the Worldblu List of Most Democratic Workplaces. You can also check out the coverage on Fast Company and our company profile on the Worldblu website which highlights some of our democratic practices.

To get on the list, every employee in the company was surveyed by Worldblu, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to spreading democratic working throughout the world of work. The survey covered the 10 dimensions of democratic organsations.

I personally feel quite humble about being accepted onto the list. Whilst it’s fantastic to have the principles that we try to run our company by validated by an external assessor, I know that we still have a VERY long way to go. We know that sometimes we don’t always live up to these ideals, but we have a shared commitment to get better and better at it. The purpose of entering NixonMcInnes for the Worldblu list wasn’t for the PR or badge of honour, but for the feedback we’ll get from Worldblu to understand how we benchmark against other democratic companies. I’m hoping to learn which of the dimensions need the most work and get some ideas about how we can improve.

If your company operates democratically, we’d love to hear from you. Apparently this year there were only two companies from the UK accepted onto the list – us and Happy Computers. It would be fantastic to have more on the list next year.

You can read more about organisational democracy on my personal blog.

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  1. That’s excellent, well done! It must be very satisfying to see your hard work recognised by such a respected organisation. Kudos to everyone at NM.

    Posted 15th April 2009 at 11:39 am | Permalink
  2. Congratulations! What an achievement to be one of only 2 UK businesses to appear on this list. What is your recipe for success?

    Posted 15th April 2009 at 1:01 pm | Permalink
  3. I wish we did have a recipe for success! The truth is we’re a long way from really calling ourselves masters at this stuff. But it’s good to know that we’re heading in the right direction.

    A great place to start is reading Maverick by Ricardo Semler. This will get you inspired about organisational democracy. Traci Fenton from Worldblu is also writing a book about the subject which I hope will be more of a guide to making it work in your organisation.

    Posted 15th April 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  4. Congratulations! We are also in the list of the Most Democratic Workplaces 2009. It is great to find more companies that think like us!

    Posted 15th April 2009 at 11:20 pm | Permalink