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 (http://www.cooperativeconsult.com/blog/?p=99). 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-op in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary's University and hopes to finish his Ph.D. in Business Administration soon. He has served on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Board of Governors for the Democracy at Work Network. He currently sits on the Co-op Circle and Mission Circle for Sociocracy for All. He teaches on worker co-operatives and democratic management in the summer at The Evergreen State College.
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