Search
A Factor for Your Next Job: Organizational Democracy?

A Factor for Your Next Job: Organizational Democracy?

By Caroline M.L. Potter

Are you as disenchanted with your employer as you are with the economy? Tired of working for top-heavy companies with antiquated management principles and an inability to anticipate and respond to a crisis? Consider searching for a job with an employer that embraces democracy in the workplace. 

Traci Fenton, founder of WorldBlu, a company that focuses on democratic business design, describes organizational democracy as "freedom within a business framework." She says, "We are in an age of participation and cooperation and influence that we've never seen before. This requires a new, democratic style of business."

Qualities to Look For

While not every company embraces identical values with regard to organizational democracy, Fenton advises professionals to look for several of the following characteristics:

  • Leadership happens at every level of the organization, not just at the top.
     
  • Employees are paid for the value they bring to the organization, not their job titles.
     
  • Everyone knows to whom and for what they're accountable.
     
  • Transparency isn't considered scary.
     
  • Formality and polices are avoided in favor of informality and principles.
     
  • Humor and having fun is actually encouraged.
     
  • Change equals life, not death.
     
  • Incentives aren't used to motivate employees -- meaningful work is.
     
  • Failure is seen as a right-of-passage to success.
     
  • Thinking differently and challenging assumptions is encouraged. 

Questions to Ask

When interviewing with a company, ask plenty of questions about the organizational philosophies it practices. "Inquire about democracy," Fenton says. "Ask, 'Will I have a voice here? Will I have a vote? Will I have a say as to who is on my team? Does accountability go both ways?'"

Look for answers that will indicate decentralized power and a transparent culture in which you'll have a voice. Have a discussion about the company's purpose and vision to make certain it is compatible with yours. Believing that the best indicator of a democratic workplace is when a company practices open-book management, she recommends, "You should be able to look at real-time financial information about your organization's performance anytime you want."

Getting Hired

Before you begin targeting companies, Fenton urges doing a bit of homework. "The most important place to start is with purpose," she says. "Ask yourself, 'What is my purpose for my life and how can I express that professionally?' Then write down what you want to express at work every day. Use your conclusions as a homing device to begin searching for an employer with similar values."

Putting in the time to identify what matters most to you will pay off: "More enlightened individuals who have a clear sense of purpose and values will get in the door to democratic organizations," Fenton says.

Additional Benefits

Few companies are entirely bulletproof in a recession, but Fenton says if a company is being democratic, there aren't any surprises. "And if there's that feeling that you're all in it together, you'll figure it out together," she says. "You'll innovate and everyone will help come up with ideas for survival." Conversely, at many organizations, employees can't see what is coming and, thus, cannot prepare -- or contribute.

Latest Jobs

Sears
Posted: 11/21/2014
NORTHGLENN, CO, 80233
Sears
Posted: 11/21/2014
NORTHGLENN, CO, 80233
Adecco - Danbury, CT
Posted: 11/21/2014
Danbury, CT, 06810
CyberCoders
Posted: 11/21/2014
San Mateo, CA, 94402
Sears
Posted: 11/21/2014
NORTHGLENN, CO, 80233

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile

 
 
 

Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
ArtBistro
Create and connect.
Excelle
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships
Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Education.org
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military.com
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.

Interviewing

100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.11.0.15-312
eTrustLogo