Bosses Day? Blech.

A reader just noted that today is Boss’s Day. I posted about it on this site a couple of years ago ( It is still repugnant, but I am happy to report that my coop has since gotten rid of its “boss”, at least in the singular form of a person. Sadly, we still have too many people to want to be the boss or who have that mentality. A boss is a worker coop only serves as an individual to conspire against. It is antithetical to the cooperative ideal and principles of worker ownership.
We replaced our boss with teams of workers (with varying responsibilities) and it has done wonders. The decisions have actual support because the people implementing them had a real voice in creating them.
Join me on bosses day in hoping for a world without bosses.

About John McNamara

John spent 26 years with Union Cab of Madison Cooperative and currently helps develop co-ops in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary's University.
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