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Smart organizations
vd Berge , Interim Manager, Netherlands

Smart organizations give workers a vote

Workers all over companies constitute a new "source of wealth" through their expertence (=expertise and intelligence). If anyone, the individual workers are the collective owners of this source of wealth. Companies'continuity, profitability and possibly even their right of existance depends on this source of wealth. Therefore it depends on these workers and their willingness to contribute and stick around. Workers' awareness of their unique and powerfull position is growing. They do not hesitate to use it to their advantage. This is a huge business risk that slowly but surely creeps in and may be hard to recognize. Smart organizations take measures to give these workers their fair share of vote in determining company vision, strategy and execution. This will give key workers a purpose and responsibility beyond individual financial reward. It is good for their motivation, involvement, creativity, work pleasure, productivity and loyalty. The biggest obstacle in giving key workers their fair share of vote is that it may clash with share holder interest. Fix it by either eliminating share holders (i.e. find alternative way of financing) or by bringing share holder interest in line with worker and company long term interst.

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